One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of early Christians who celebrated Easter on the day of the Jewish Passover (the 14th of Nisan), whether this was a Sunday or not.
Of or relating to the Quartodecimans, or their method of observing Easter.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From post-classical Latin quartadecimanus, quartodecimanus member of a group of early Christians who celebrated Easter on the 14th day from classical Latin quartus decimus fourteenth + -ānus.
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