Definition of Easter egg in US English:

Easter egg


  • 1A hard-boiled egg that is dyed and often decorated as part of the Easter celebration.

    • ‘Go Easter egg hunting and decorate your own Easter egg from 9am.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, Faberge created the first Easter egg of the series that is his legacy to the world of fantastical objects.’
    • ‘The rabbit represents fertility and the Easter egg in the olden days was a springtime symbol of rebirth.’
    • ‘My four-year-old daughter barely looks up from painting an Easter egg and explains to her cousin, ‘They don't agree with the bosses of the countries.’’
    • ‘While I was away, he kindly fed the dog but managed to completely overlook the Easter egg I had left in the fridge for him.’
    • ‘As it turns out, there were two posters in 2001: one features Faberge's Imperial Renaissance Easter egg, the other a Russian quartz specimen.’
    • ‘The children at the nursery and pre-preparatory school were asked by a local house builder to draw an Easter egg and to include a house in the design.’
    1. 1.1 An artificial egg, typically chocolate, given at Easter, especially to children.
      • ‘A parent wouldn't have dreamed of presenting a child with felt pens instead of an Easter egg.’
      • ‘The primary school raised £800 in two hours by auctioning a giant Easter egg, donated by their local confectioners.’
      • ‘The garden centre we visited later that day was huge and had a pet section so we bought Edward a dog Easter egg (made from carob).’
      • ‘Easter Bunny steam trains run on Sunday and Monday, for £3.50 for adults and £3 for children, and include an Easter egg.’
      • ‘The chocolatier and confectioner spent long hours creating an enormous Easter egg, weighing in at 25 kgs of plain chocolate.’
      • ‘The Mayor and her children are all partial to a good tasting chocolate Easter egg.’
      • ‘Earlier this month, the school took delivery of a 1m tall Easter egg, which provided enough chocolate for family sized portions.’
      • ‘Every year the school has a competition and the prize is a giant Easter egg.’
      • ‘There's a new kind of chocolate Easter egg on sale this year.’
      • ‘Jill raised the money by raffling off an huge Easter egg in her school.’
      • ‘A giant Easter egg is the ideal treat for every chocoholic but getting your hands on one may not be an easy task.’
      • ‘Members are raffling off a giant Easter egg to raise funds to bring CCTV to the town.’
      • ‘As we wipe away the smudges of the last chocolate Easter egg, a pang of guilt associated with overindulgence might raise its head.’
      • ‘I wiped the chocolate from his face, pried his little sticky fingers apart and took the Easter egg from him.’
      • ‘She was the lucky winner of the giant Easter egg in the local shop.’
  • 2An unexpected or undocumented feature in a piece of computer software or on a DVD, included as a joke or a bonus.

    • ‘Also captivating are the various Easter eggs spread throughout the disc.’
    • ‘We also get a widescreen theatrical trailer as well, and a couple of Easter eggs!’
    • ‘The best thing about the game was finding the Easter egg.’
    • ‘In the "old days," that is, the 1990s, Easter eggs might include hidden games within games.’
    • ‘The disc also offers a trailer for HVE's entire line of Zatoichi DVD releases, housed as an easy-to-find Easter egg.’
    • ‘Adding an "Easter egg" style link to other New Yorker Video ads seems a poor reward for remote surfing.’
    • ‘But the real growth area today is in DVD Easter eggs, with programmers packing movies with concealed outtakes or extra interviews.’
    • ‘Also on this page is an Easter egg - the trailer for Chicken Run that parodied the Gladiator trailers.’
    • ‘Easter eggs are easy to find by exploring the main menu using the remote (look for the lightning bolt to pop up under the main choices).’
    • ‘Finally, there is a really funny Easter egg located in the upper right corner of the main menu.’
    • ‘And scattered throughout the menus are some Easter eggs.’


Easter egg

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