• (British) IPA: /ˈiː.stə/


  1. (now, regional) Eastern. [from 8th c.]
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford 2010, p. 57:
      In the mean while, as our apartment was a corner one, and looked both east and north, I ran to the easter casement to look after Drummond.

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈiː.stə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈi.stɚ/


  1. (Christianity) A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ; the first Sunday (and Monday) following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, ranging from March 22 to April 25.
    We spent each of the past five Easters together as a family.
  2. Eastertide
  3. (obsolete) The Jewish Passover.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark XIV:
      After two dayes folowed ester, and the dayes of swete breed.
  4. (paganism) A festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara, celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April, and also called Ostara or Eostre.
  5. Easter term.

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