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Meaning of LENT

Pronunciation:  lent

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[n]  a period of 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday

LENT is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: Lententide
 See Also: Ash Wednesday, church calendar, ecclesiastical calendar, Good Friday, season



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lent\ (l[e^]nt),
    imp. & p. p. of {Lend}.
  2. \Lent\, n. [OE. lente, lenten, leynte, AS. lengten,
    lencten, spring, lent, akin to D. lente, OHG. lenzin, langiz,
    G. lenz, and perh. fr. AS. lang long, E. long, because at
    this season of the year the days lengthen.] (Eccl.)
    A fast of forty days, beginning with Ash Wednesday and
    continuing till Easter, observed by some Christian churches
    as commemorative of the fast of our Savior.
    {Lent lily} (Bot.), the daffodil; -- so named from its
       blossoming in spring.
  3. \Lent\, a. [L. lentus; akin to lenis soft, mild: cf. F.
    lent. See {Lenient}.]
    1. Slow; mild; gentle; as, lenter heats. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
    2. (Mus.) See {Lento}.
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