lent

Definition of lent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of lend

Lent

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\ ˈlent How to pronounce Lent (audio) \

Definition of Lent (Entry 2 of 2)

: the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting

First Known Use of lent

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lent

Noun

Middle English lente springtime, Lent, from Old English lencten; akin to Old High German lenzin spring

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The first known use of lent was in the 13th century

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“Lent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lent. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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Lent

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English Language Learners Definition of Lent

: a period of 40 days before Easter during which many Christians do not eat certain foods or do certain pleasurable activities as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ

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