Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made without meat (and thus permitted to be eaten on a fast day).
  • adj. Belonging to a fast day or fast.
  • n. A kind of fish; the meagre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to a fast day or fast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made neither of flesh-meat nor with the gravy of flesh-meat: applied to the dishes used by Roman Catholics during Lent and on the days on which abstinence from flesh-meat is enjoined.
  • Of or pertaining to a fast or fast-day.
  • n. An acanthopterygian fish of the genus Sciæna, specifically S. aquila, a large and very powerful fish common in the Mediterranean and occasionally taken on the British coasts.

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

  • n. large European marine food fish

Etymologies

From French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The soup served was by courtesy called _soupe maigre, _ but it was in fact _soupe maigre_ diluted by many homoeopathic myriads, and the Brother showed much curiosity as to my opinion of its taste -- a curiosity which I could not satisfy without hurting his professional pride.

    Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland

  • The question to be determined was, whether it was 'maigre' or 'gras'.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • La laitière, à la traite, n'a donné qu'un lait maigre.

    Unbewitching Jeanne Favret-Saada

  • Encore, j'emmene mon portable et j'profite de leur net ... maigre consolation mais bon ...

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Expressions: maigre comme un clou = "thin as a nail" (thin as a rail) c'est un peu maigre = it's insufficient faire maigre = to abstain from meat and fatty foods

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Un de mes frères était si maigre que lorsqu'il avait bu un verre de vin rouge, on le prenait pour un thermomètre.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Since she has grown affreusenent maigre and wears mounting robes, she has taken more than ever to the idea that she resembles Mary Queen of Scots.

    The Newcomes

  • And yes, a lot of people only drink whole, whereas I rarely even see lait maigre,.3%, as an option.

    You might be a stupid foreigner if,

  • Mais bon quite a me detester maigre je continue parce que je souffre vraiment trop de mes genoux!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • La neurologue m'a dit que je devais suivre un regime a la lettre si j'prend le modiodal parce que je suis trop maigre pour le prendre!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

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  • Haha!

    I think that means that it's a Roman Catholic term.

    January 10, 2009

  • Wait... maigre is a Roman Catholic who doesn't contain meat or its juices?!

    January 9, 2009

  • a. Roman Catholic, not containing meat or its juices, thus permissible on days of abstinence; (of a day) on which abstinence is enjoined.

    January 9, 2009