Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or relating to Lent.
  • adjective Characteristic of or appropriate to Lent; meager.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dialectal variant of linden.
  • noun The spring; the season following winter.
  • noun A fast observed in the spring: same as Lent (of which lenten is the older form).
  • Pertaining to Lent; used in Lent: as, Lenten sermons; the lenten fast.
  • Hence Characteristic of or suitable for Lent; spare; plain; meager: as, lenten fare.
  • Cold; austere: as, a lenten lover. Compare Lent-lover. Cotgrave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Lent.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the fast called Lent; used in, or suitable to, Lent.
  • adjective Spare; meager; plain; somber; unostentatious; not abundant or showy.
  • adjective black or violet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to Lent; taking place during Lent.
  • adjective Appropriate to Lent; meagre, sombre.

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

  • adjective of or relating to or suitable for Lent

Etymologies

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Old English lenten, lencten.

Examples

  • LENTEN RETREAT: St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church of Shreveport will host a Lenten retreat, 6-9 p.m.,

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  • No, pork lard was never ruled out in Lenten dishes and tamales, but of course you can substitute vegetable oil.

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  • With the suppression of the Church's discipline of Lenten fasting, the Latin word for fasting,

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  • Hellebores, also called Lenten roses, are among the small universe of plants that do well in my dry shade garden.

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  • Similar biscuits eaten before Lent commences are known as Lenten biscuits, and are made to use up eggs, sugar etc. in the way that the Shrove Tuesday pancake does.

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  • Similar biscuits eaten before Lent commences are known as Lenten biscuits, and are made to use up eggs, sugar etc. in the way that the Shrove Tuesday pancake does.

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  • Meat we had very rarely: our dishes were all made of milk, and Wednesdays and Fridays were fast days, and on those days we had pink plates which were called Lenten plates.

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  • But just as Fat Tuesday is one of the last days of wildness and foolishness before it becomes time to adopt a kind of Lenten self-discipline and resolve, the pious profiteers may soon need to reflect upon what has gone wrong, atone for the sins of racism, war profiteering, and fraud, and rebuild not only their reputation, but the broken infrastructure that has so many people suffering at home and abroad.

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  • When I'm in a "Lenten" mood I read an O'Connor story.

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  • But what has made the book to me into a kind of Lenten manual is the presentation of the masters.

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