Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to Lent: Lenten observances.
  • adj. Characteristic of or appropriate to Lent; meager: Lenten meals.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the fast called Lent; used in, or suitable to, Lent.
  • adj. Spare; meager; plain; somber; unostentatious; not abundant or showy.
  • n. Lent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The spring; the season following winter.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A dialectal variant of linden.

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

  • adj. 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.

    Turned Off By Gardening? It's a Conspiracy

  • 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.

    Charlie Cray: Fat Tuesday for Halliburton

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

    Lyricism and character

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

    The Upton Letters

  • Another was a 'Lenten' egg (real eggs being forbidden at this time) made from almond milk.

    The Old Foodie

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