Definitions

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

  • noun A ritual feast commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, held on the first night or first two nights of Passover.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The order of the service and feast on the first night of the Jewish Passover, repeated on the second night by those who keep the Second day.

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

  • noun (Judaism) the ceremonial dinner on the first night (or both nights) of Passover

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew sēder, order, arrangement, Seder; see sdr in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • The word Seder itself, in Hebrew, actually means order.

    Happy Passover פֶּסַח

  • This application of information design to the Passover Seder is obsessive, wonderful, and massively cognitively dissonant.

    Boing Boing: April 14, 2002 - April 20, 2002 Archives

  • Look at how I treated the Pope! just as his Seder was a insincere gesture for his Jewish supporters, his appearances at UCC were a nod to his radical black constituency, and his more mainstream religious maneuvers were a fraudulent sop to the rest of the country.

    The Vatican rejects Caroline Kennedy.

  • Now for those that don't celebrate Passover, the real quick summary is that a Seder is a ritual meal you eat on the first two nights of the holiday, to commemorate the Jews' flight from Egypt and escape from Pharoah's reign, eventually culminating in... yes, you've guessed it... the ten commandments!

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • This is called Seder, and is a sort of religious service that takes place around the dinner table around which friends and family have gathered.

    Ye Olde King's Head - Nowhere Near Kosher

  • This is called Seder, and is a sort of religious service that takes place around the dinner table around which friends and family have gathered.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • It is again no mere coincidence that our great celebration of freedom is called a Seder, a word that means order.

    Amidst the feverish preparations for Passover, if it's not too late...

  • Most Jews celebrate Passover by going to a specialized ritual dinner called a Seder on the first two days of the holiday.

    GAMING NEWS: A Near-Death Experience, Killer Bunnies & Passover!

  • Most Jews celebrate Passover by going to a specialized ritual dinner called a Seder on the first two days of the holiday.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • The so-called Seder Revolution, combined with international pressure, helped drive the Syrians out earlier this year.

    CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2005

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