- n. The day before the beginning of Lent, when pancakes are traditionally eaten, originally to use up milk and eggs that would otherwise spoil because of not being eaten during Lent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- the Tuesday following Quinguagesima Sunday, and preceding the first day of Lent, or Ash Wednesday.
- n. the last day before Lent
- From shrove, past tense of shrive, from the mediaeval practice of priests hearing confessions before Lent, and Tuesday. (Wiktionary)
“A few days after the ceremony a ballet was danced at the Arsenal in honour of the event, at which their Majesties and all the Court were present; and on Shrove Tuesday a tilting at the ring took place, where Mademoiselle de Montmorency delivered the prize to the victor.”
“And for sure the elephant was the right animal: Nayler's aura was the shape and consistency of a Shrove Tuesday pancake.”
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