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Lent

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noun \ˈlent\

Simple Definition of Lent

  • : a period of 40 days before Easter during which many Christians do not eat certain foods or do certain pleasurable activities as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Lent

  1. :  the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting

Origin of lent

Middle English lente springtime, Lent, from Old English lencten; akin to Old High German lenzin spring


First Known Use: 13th century

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