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

  • n. The seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lent, on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Christian day of penitence, the first day of Lent. It is a movable feast which takes place 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The first day of Lent; -- so called from a custom in the Roman Catholic church of putting ashes, on that day, upon the foreheads of penitents.
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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first day of Lent.

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

  • n. the 7th Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent; the day following Mardi Gras (`Fat Tuesday'); a day of fasting and repentance


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