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

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 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


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