Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The third Sunday before Lent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Sunday in the Christian calendar nine weeks before Easter Sunday.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The third Sunday before Lent; -- so called because it is about seventy days before Easter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A period of seventy days.
  • n. [capitalized] The third Sunday before Lent: more fully called Septuagesima Sunday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the 3rd Sunday before Lent (or the 9th before Easter)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin septuāgēsima (diēs), seventieth (day), feminine of Latin septuāgēsimus, from septuāgintā, seventy; see Septuagint.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin septuagesima dies ("70th day"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.