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.
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- 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.
- n. See in the Vocabulary.
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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Ash Wednesday (Feria quarta in capite jejunii) is an evident late
Balt., n. 257); in England it lasts from Ash Wednesday until Low Sunday; in Ireland from Ash Wednesday until the octave of SS.