Shrove Tuesday


ˈshrōv- How to pronounce Shrove Tuesday (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrōv-
: the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

Examples of Shrove Tuesday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The church will also host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Pancakes, fruit, sausages and more will be available for the celebration before the season of Lent begins. Tracy Trobridge, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 Pancakes are popular foods for Shrove Tuesday because they are made with fatty ingredients that people are supposed to stay away from during Lent. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 Blanck said that his church wanted to sponsor a Shrove Tuesday performance by his jazz group and felt that Hey Nonny would be a better location than the church. Myrna Petlicki,, 15 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Middle English schroftewesday, from schrof- (as in schroftide) + tewesday Tuesday

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shrove Tuesday was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shrove Tuesday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Shrove Tuesday

: the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

Middle English schroftewesday "Shrove Tuesday," from schrof, from shriven "to shrive, give a penance or pardon to," and tewesday "Tuesday"; shriven, from Old English scrifan "to shrive, prescribe," from Latin scribere "to write" — related to scribe, tuesday see Word History at tuesday

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