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Jack–a–Lent

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noun \ˈjak-ə-ˌlent\

Definition of Jack–a–Lent

  1. 1 :  a small stuffed puppet set up to be pelted for fun in Lent

  2. 2 :  a simple or insignificant person



Origin and Etymology of jack–a–lent

1jack + a (of) + Lent


First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with jack–a–lent

accident, aliment, Blaenau Gwent, circumvent, compartment, complement, compliment, confident, devilment, diffident, discontent, document, evident, heaven-sent, implement, incident, instrument, malcontent, nonevent, Occident, ornament, orient, provident, regiment, reinvent, represent, re-present, resident, Saint-Laurent, sediment, self-content, subsequent, supplement


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