See also: lent
Shortened form of Lenten, from Old English lencten, from Proto-West Germanic *langatīn (“spring”), as in a season into which days lengthen as it progresses. Related to German Lenz and Dutch lente (“springtime”).
Lent (plural Lents)
- A period of the ecclesiastical year preceding Easter, traditionally involving temporary abstention from certain foods and pleasures.
- Hezekiah gave up vaping for Lent.
- (England, education) The second term of the academic year at some British schools.
- (Christianity): Lententide, Lent season, Lenten season, season of Lent, Quadragesima
- (Eastern Christianity): Great Lent
- (educational): Lent term
- (Roman Catholicism): Ash Wednesday (1st day), Quadragesima Sunday (1st Sunday), Reminiscere Sunday (2nd Sunday), Oculi Sunday (3rd Sunday), Laetare Sunday (4th Sunday), Passion Sunday (5th Sunday), Palm Sunday (6th Sunday), Holy Saturday (last day) (see terms for synonyms)
- (Eastern Orthodoxy): Clean Monday (1st day), Lazarus Friday (last day)
Christian period of penitence before Easter