Definition of Pentecost noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpentɪkɒst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpentɪkɔːst//
    , NAmE//ˈpentɪkɑːst//
    [uncountable, countable] Religious holidays and festivals
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  1. 1(British English also Whit Sunday) (in the Christian Church) the 7th Sunday after Easter when Christians celebrate the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles See related entries: Religious holidays and festivals
  2. 2= Shavuoth
  3. Word OriginOld English pentecosten, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek pentēkostē (hēmera) ‘fiftieth (day)’ (because the Jewish festival is held on the fiftieth day after the second day of Passover).
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