Shrove·​tide ˈshrōv-ˌtīd How to pronounce Shrovetide (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrōv-
: the period usually of three days immediately preceding Ash Wednesday

Examples of Shrovetide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Royal Shrovetide Football is believed to have been played annually in Ashbourne since 1667. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2024 Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka was inspired by his memories of Russian Shrovetide fairs, in all their color and excitement. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Middle English schroftide, from schrof- (from shriven to shrive) + tide

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Shrovetide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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Shrove·​tide ˈshrōv-ˌtīd How to pronounce Shrovetide (audio)
: the three days just before Ash Wednesday
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