Jack-a-Lent

noun
\ˈjak-ə-ˌlent \

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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