Lent

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Shortened form of Lenten, from Old English lencten, from Proto-West Germanic *langatīn (spring), as in a season into which days lengthen as it progresses. Related to German Lenz and Dutch lente (springtime).

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Lent (plural Lents)

  1. A period of the ecclesiastical year preceding Easter, traditionally involving temporary abstention from certain foods and pleasures.
    Hezekiah gave up vaping for Lent.
    1. (Eastern Christianity) The 40 days preceding Lazarus Saturday, the Saturday preceding Holy Week.
    2. (Roman Catholicism) The 46 days preceding Easter, reckoned as 40 days by excluding Sundays.
  2. (England, education) The second term of the academic year at some British schools.

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