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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“Quinquagesima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Quinquagesima. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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