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

  • n. Judaism A holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan and traditionally continuing for eight days, commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. Also called Pesach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. 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 n. The Christian holy day generally falling on the first day of the Jewish Passover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The sacrifice offered at the feast of the passover; the paschal lamb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. [lowercase] The sacrifice offered at the feast of the Passover; also, the paschal lamb.
  • n. [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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Translation of Hebrew pesaḥ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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