noun Quin·qua·ges·i·ma \ˌkwinkwəˈjesəmə, -jāzəmə\

Definition of Quinquagesima



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

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of quinquagesima

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

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