Definition of Easter in US English:

Easter

noun

  • 1The most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

    • ‘We celebrated Easter, and I was in charge of distributing the gifts Mama had made.’
    • ‘He also believes that the glorious festival of Easter declares the joyful truth.’
    • ‘Two Easters are celebrated in Lebanon (both in late March or early April) - the Greek Orthodox date, and the date for the rest of the Christian population.’
    • ‘May the peace we can all know in Christ be yours this Easter and may the feet of God always walk with you.’
    • ‘The date of the spring equinox determines the date of Easter so the church began to press for reform.’
    1. 1.1 The period in which Easter occurs, especially the weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
      • ‘In case you didn't know I am planning on going to Northern Spain at Easter to do some caving in Matienzo.’
      • ‘The leader of the remnant of the Conservatives is to climb each peak on successive days over Easter.’
      • ‘We are normally fully booked for Easter and the weekends in March are also very busy.’
      • ‘It commences over the two weeks of Easter and then again during the summer holidays.’
      • ‘Eastgate promotions manager Mike Horton said: ‘This will be one of the most active Easters ever in terms of family entertainment at Eastgate.’’

Origin

Old English ēastre; of Germanic origin and related to German Ostern and east; perhaps from Ēastre, the name of a goddess associated with spring.

Pronunciation

Easter

/ˈistər//ˈēstər/