See also: lent
Shortened form of Lenten, from Old English lencten, from Proto-Germanic *langatīnaz (“spring”). Related to German Lenz and Dutch lente (“springtime”), which is derived from a word related to long, because of the longer days.
Lent (plural Lents)
- (Christianity) Period of fasting and penitence before Easter, lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (Western Christianity).
- (England, education) Lent term; the second term of the academic year at some British universities.
- Great Lent (Eastern Orthodoxy)
Christian period of penitence before Easter