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

  • noun The third Sunday before Lent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A period of seventy days.
  • noun [capitalized] The third Sunday before Lent: more fully called Septuagesima Sunday.

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

  • noun (Eccl.) The third Sunday before Lent; -- so called because it is about seventy days before Easter.

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  • noun Christianity A Sunday in the Christian calendar nine weeks before Easter Sunday.

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

  • noun the 3rd Sunday before Lent (or the 9th before Easter)

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin septuāgēsima (diēs), seventieth (day), feminine of Latin septuāgēsimus, from septuāgintā, seventy; see Septuagint.]

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From Latin septuagesima dies ("70th day").

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