Jack-a-Lent

noun
\ ˈjak-ə-ˌlent How to pronounce Jack-a-Lent (audio) \

Definition of Jack-a-Lent

1 : a small stuffed puppet set up to be pelted for fun in Lent
2 : a simple or insignificant person

First Known Use of Jack-a-Lent

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jack-a-Lent

jack entry 1 + a (of) + Lent

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“Jack-a-Lent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jack-a-Lent. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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