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

  • adj. Of or relating to an ecumenical council held by the Roman Catholic Church in Trent, Italy, from 1545 to 1563, as a response to calls for reform and the spread of Protestantism.
  • adj. Of or relating to the decrees, reforms, or results of that council: the Tridentine Catechism.
  • n. A Roman Catholic who rigorously conforms to the Tridentine Creed formulated at that council.

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  • adj. Relating to Trent, Italy.
  • adj. Relating to the Council of Trent.
  • adj. Aligned with the Traditionalist Catholic movement.
  • n. A strong follower of the Tridentine Creed established at the Council of Trent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Trent, or the general church council held in that city.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Trent, a city of Tyrol, or to the Council of Trent (1545–63): as, Tridentine decrees (that is, the decrees of the Council of Trent, the authoritative symbol of the Roman Catholic Church); Tridentine theology (that is, theology in accordance with those decrees, Roman Catholic theology).
  • Conforming to the Council of Trent, or its decrees and doctrine.
  • n. A Roman Catholic: a name implying that the present system of Roman Catholic doctrine and practice dates from the Council of Trent (1545).


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

Medieval Latin Tridentīnus, from Latin, area around Tridentum, from Tridentum (Trent).

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From Latin Tridentum Trent.


  • In 1968, then-Archbishop Joseph-Aurèle Plourde authorized a small group of Catholics who remained attached to the Church's traditional liturgical heritage to continue to use the Latin Tridentine Mass.

    St. Clement's, Ottawa, Canada

  • And it's revisionism, said Gibson, a follower of Traditionalist Catholicism that still performs the Latin Tridentine mass.

    Daimnation!: Mel's critics are right

  • Whether you are completely new to the Traditional Latin Mass (aka the Tridentine Rite/Extraordinary Form) or thoroughly familiar with it, please feel free to come to this event, or pass the news along to any friends who might be interested.

    Usus Antiquior at the University of Toronto Newman Centre, March 20th

  • That implies it can't be said on a regular basis, it should actually be called the Tridentine rite.

    Catching up on the latest Tablet nonsense

  • Last year and again in April 2009 we the faithful of Vitebsk's parishes, adherent to Catholic liturgical tradition, have addressed Your Excellency asking for a Holy Mass in the so-called Tridentine Rite or Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite to which Holy Father Benedict XVI has given the "green light" in his 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, to be offered in the celebrations to honor Our Lady of Budslau.

    Letter of Belarusian Catholics in Minsk-Mohilev petitioning for a TLM in honor of Our Lady of Budslau

  • Years ago people thought that the SSPX's stance was largely confined to the celebration of what was then known as the Tridentine Rite.

    Cardinal Schönborn: Out of the loop?

  • Both were instrumental, though, in getting me to be interested in the so-called Tridentine rite and the liturgical reforms that took place after Vatican II.

    Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

  • My own impression is that he sees the inevitability of the Church adjusting to modern ideas, but wants to make minor revisions to the post-Vatican II settlement, intended to give somewhat greater freedom to what one might call Tridentine Catholics.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • How do the modern Mass and the Latin Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass differ?

    Concerned Catholics question revived Latin Mass

  • Incidentally, the debate on this is not helped by those who postively want modern liturgy to be horrible, because they are worried that a "reform of the reform", more beauty, and wider use of Latin at Ordinary Masses, will marginalise the Extraordinary er - what used to be called the Tridentine - let's get used to new labels!

    Archive 2007-09-01


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