This page has two definitions of Eostre in English. Eostre is a proper noun. Also define these 6 related words and terms: paganism, pagan, Ostara, Easter, putative, and Anglo-Saxon.
From Old English Ēostre, Ēastre (“a word referring to "the rising dawn" to indicate the season of Spring”) and ēastre (“Easter”), from Proto-Germanic *Austrǭ (“Easter, springtime”). Doublet of Easter.
- (paganism) A modern invented pagan festival celebrated either in March or April to welcome the Spring, also called Ostara or Easter.
- A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated on the first Sunday (and Monday) following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, ranging in most of Western Christianity (such as Protestantism and Roman Catholicism) from March 22 to April 25, and in Eastern Christianity (such as the Coptic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church) from April 4 to May 8. (1 of 7 Easter definitions)
- A putative Anglo-Saxon seasonal reference.
- Pete Jennings (1998), The Norse Tradition: A Beginner's Guide, Headway, →ISBN, p. 40.