noun Quad·ra·ges·i·ma \ˌkwädrəˈjesəmə, -jāzəmə sometimes ˌkwȯd-\

Definition of Quadragesima



  1. 1 or Quadragesima Sunday :  the first Sunday in Lent

  2. 2 :  the 40 days of Lent

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Origin and Etymology of quadragesima

Late Latin, Lent, first Sunday in Lent, from Latin, feminine of quadragesimus fortieth, from quadraginta forty, from quadra- (akin to Latin quattuor four) + -ginta (akin to Latin -ginti in viginti twenty) — more at four, vicenary

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