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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A 40-day period of fasting and penitence observed by many Christians in preparation for Easter. In Western churches, Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until Easter, usually excepting Sundays.

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  • proper noun Period of penitence for Christians before Easter.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English lenten, lente, spring, Lent, from Old English lencten; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

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Shortened form of Lenten, from Old English lencten. Related to German Lenz ("springtime"), which is derived from a word related to long, because of the longer days.

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