Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


noun Shrove·tide \ˈshrōv-ˌtīd, especially Southern ˈsrōv-\

Definition of Shrovetide

  1. :  the period usually of three days immediately preceding Ash Wednesday

Origin and Etymology of shrovetide

Middle English schroftide, from schrof- (from shriven to shrive) + tide

First Known Use: 15th century

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Shrovetide? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).