Pronounced Pron. o-STAHR-ə
Other Forms FormsEastre, Eostre
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Contributor Contrib.vomiting on 4/28/2011
Hypothetical Old High German form of the name of a Germanic goddess of fertility and spring (probably originally of sunrise, whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox), reconstructed by linguist Jacob Grimm. It derives from Proto-Germanic *Austron, ultimately from *austra- "east, toward the sunrise" (and related to the word east).