Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan and traditionally continuing for eight days, commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An annual feast of the Jews, instituted to commemorate the escape of the Hebrews in Egypt, when God, smiting the first-born of the Egyptians, “passed over” the houses of the Israelites, which were marked with the blood of the paschal lamb.
  • noun [lowercase] The sacrifice offered at the feast of the Passover; also, the paschal lamb.
  • noun [lowercase] That which is passed over.
  • Of or pertaining to the Passover: as, Passover cake or bread (the cake of unleavened bread eaten at the Passover).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A feast of the Jews, instituted to commemorate the sparing of the Hebrews in Egypt, when God, smiting the firstborn of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Israelites which were marked with the blood of a lamb.
  • noun The sacrifice offered at the feast of the passover; the paschal lamb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun The eight-day Jewish festival of Pesach, commemorating the biblical story of Exodus, during which the first-born sons of the Israelites were passed over while those of the Egyptians were killed.
  • proper noun The Christian holy day generally falling on the first day of the Jewish Passover.

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

  • noun (Judaism) a Jewish festival (traditionally 8 days from Nissan 15) celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt
  • verb travel across or pass over
  • verb bypass
  • verb fly over
  • verb rub with a circular motion
  • verb make a passage or journey from one place to another

Etymologies

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

[Translation of Hebrew pesaḥ.]

Examples

  • The term Passover refers to the Jewish homes that were "passed over" by God's angel of death, sent to snatch the Egyptians' firstborn as punishment for the pharaoh's refusal to free the slaves.

    New Maxwell House Haggadah out for Passover

  • The term Passover refers to the Jewish homes that were "passed over" by God's angel of death, sent to snatch the Egyptians' firstborn as punishment for the pharaoh's refusal to free the slaves.

    New Maxwell House Haggadah out for Passover

  • The term Passover refers to the Jewish homes that were "passed over" by God's angel of death, sent to snatch the Egyptians' firstborn as punishment for the pharaoh's refusal to free the Jewish slaves.

    The Seattle Times

  • The word 'Passover' comes from the belief that God inflicted plagues upon the Egyptians to force them to free the Jews.

    For Christians and Jews, a Holy Week

  • As the Jews were celebrating the feast of unleavened bread, which we call the Passover, it was customary for the priests to open the temple-gates just after midnight.

    Antiquities of the Jews

  • Passover is a holiday that has special meaning to everyone, regardless of faith, because it's the time of year when some food and drink companies release products sweetened with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

    Passover Is Coming, And It's Your Chance To Buy Real Sugar Products - The Consumerist

  • At its core, Passover is about freedom from slavery and religious persecution.

    The chains that bind us

  • At its core, Passover is about freedom from slavery and religious persecution.

    April 2008

  • Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover is my favorite.

    April 2008

  • Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover is my favorite.

    The chains that bind us

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