Quinquagesima

noun
Quin·​qua·​ges·​i·​ma | \ˌkwinkwəˈjesəmə, -jāzəmə\
plural -s

Definition of Quinquagesima 

1 obsolete : the period extending from the Sunday before Lent to Easter Sunday or the first week of this period

2 : the Sunday before Lent or the seventh before Easter in the church year observed by various branches of the Christian Church

called also Quinquagesima Sunday, Shrove Sunday

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History and Etymology for Quinquagesima

Medieval Latin, from Latin, fiftieth, from quinquaginta fifty, from quinqua- (akin to Latin quinque five) + -ginta (akin to Latin -ginti in viginti twenty)

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