from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus.
- n. The day on which this feast is observed, the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox.
- n. Eastertide.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ; the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, neither earlier than March 22 nor later than April 25.
- n. Eastertide
- n. The Jewish passover.
- n. A festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara and celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April. Also known as Eostre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pascha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha, pasque, pâque, or pask.
- n. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
- intransitive v. To veer to the east; -- said of the wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A festival observed in the Christian church, from early times, in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Of or pertaining to Easter.
- In the English universities, a term held in the spring and lasting for about six weeks after Easter.
- Eastern; easterly.
- To change toward the east, as the wind; move toward the east, as the head of a vessel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
- n. a wind from the east
Middle English ester, from Old English ēastre; see aus- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ēastre, apparently from Ēastre, the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox. (Wiktionary)