Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The seventh month of the year in the Jewish calendar. See Table at calendar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The seventh month of the civil year in the Jewish calendar, after Adar and before Iyar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, formerly answering nearly to the month of April, now to March, of the Christian calendar. See Abib.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The month of Abib: so named by the Jews after the Babylonian captivity. See Abib.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the seventh month of the civil year; the first month of the ecclesiastic year (in March and April)

Etymologies

Hebrew nîsān, from Akkadian nisānu, the first month in the Babylonian calendar (corresponding to parts of March and April), from Sumerian nisag, first fruits : nig, ni, thing, nominalizing pref. + sag, head, top, first.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In the month of Xanthicus, which is by us called Nisan, and is the beginning of our year, on the fourteenth day of the lunar month, when the sun is in Aries, [for in this month it was that we were delivered from bondage under the Egyptians,] the law ordained that we should every year slay that sacrifice which I before told you we slew when we came out of Egypt, and which was called the Passover; and so we do celebrate this passover in companies, leaving nothing of what we sacrifice till the day following.

    Antiquities of the Jews

  • In the first month (which is called Nisan) in the twelfth year of the reign of Assuerus, the lot was cast into an urn, which in Hebrew is called Phur, before Aman, on what day and what month the nation of the

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 19: Esther The Challoner Revision

  • If the twentieth year of king Artaxerxes began in the spring, Nisan, which is a spring month, could not follow Chisleu, which is a month of late autumn.

    The Astronomy of the Bible An Elementary Commentary on the Astronomical References of Holy Scripture

  • But Moses appointed that ú Nisan, which is the same with

    Antiquities of the Jews

  • The Torah teaches that Nisan marks a new year, calling Nisan "the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you."

    The Jew and the Carrot

  • They record as happening on the day of Christ's death several actions which the Jewish law did not permit on a feast day such as Nisan 15, and which must presumably have taken place on Nisan 14.

    The Books of the New Testament

  • It was no surprise that the Chevrolet Volt and Nisan Leaf grabbed center stage at the ride-and-drive event that took place outside the Business of Plugging-In conference this month.

    Behind the wheel: Chevrolet Equinox AMP, Ford Transit Connect EV, Smart EV

  • The court later dropped the suit, but Dichter spokesman Nisan Zeevi said Spain could not guarantee Dichter would not be arrested.

    World Watch

  • --- In a white cloak with blood-red lining, with the shuffling gait of a cavalryman, early in the morning of the fourteenth day of the spring month of Nisan, there came out to the covered colonnade between the two wings of the palace of Herod the Great 'the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate.

    Mikhail A. Bulgakov - Master and Margarita (Book Review)

  • And just like the moon looks in the daytime in the days of Nisan, when the sun rises and it is absorbed in its light, so also did the sun seem to us when the star rose over us.

    Brent Landau: Who Were The Three Wise Men Of Christmas?

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