from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A hill outside ancient Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified.
- n. A sculptured depiction of the Crucifixion.
- n. A great ordeal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The hill outside Jerusalem which is traditionally held to be the location of the crucifixion of Jesus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The place where Christ was crucified, on a small hill outside of Jerusalem.
- n. A representation of the crucifixion, consisting of three crosses with the figures of Christ and the thieves, often as large as life, and sometimes surrounded by figures of other personages who were present at the crucifixion.
- n. A cross, set upon three steps; -- more properly called cross calvary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place of skulls; Golgotha; specifically, the place where Christ was crucified.
- n. [lowercase] In Roman Catholic countries, a representation of the passion of Christ, often of life-size, erected sometimes on a hill near a city, sometimes near a church or in a churchyard, and sometimes in a chapel.
- n. [lowercase] A rocky mound or hill on which three crosses are erected: an adjunct to some religious houses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified
- n. any experience that causes intense suffering
French calvaire, from Calvaire, Calvary (hill). Sense 2, from Calvary 1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin calvāria ("skull") (Wiktionary)