from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A day on which fasting is observed; specifically, a day appointed for fasting as a religious observance by some recognized authority, ecclesiastical or civil; in the most restricted ecclesiastical sense, a day on which, or on part of which, total abstinence from food is prescribed, in contradistinction to a day on which a limitation is imposed on the kind or quantity of food to be taken, called a day of abstinence. See fast, n.
  • n. In Scotland, a day set apart for humiliation and prayer; specifically, a day thus observed during the week immediately preceding certain celebrations of the Lord's supper.


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  • Another time, when my aunt again asked for fast-day food they answered: "Why, citoyenne, don't you know what has taken place? none but fools believe all that."

    Lent at Versailles

  • He intimated hopes of future reward, and of instant reimbursement for loss of time, and even of character, by travelling on the state business on the fast-day.


  • For us, senor, every day is fast-day — only without the fish.

    Green Mansions

  • This being fast-day, Dr. Freind and I went into the City to dine late, like good fasters.

    The Journal to Stella

  • This was a fast-day for the public; so I dined late with Sir Matthew Dudley, whom I have not been with a great while.

    The Journal to Stella

  • Of course I've found out that Slim Fast is great before a fast-day.

    nisayon Diary Entry

  • This model draws on basic recipes elsewhere for its crust and coulis and in turn gives instructions for a fish forcemeat that may be used “for little fast-day dishes, all kinds of pies and tourtes of fish.”

    Savoring The Past

  • Usually served two to a dish, the “apples” are warm, breast-shaped mounds of white meats, rather like galantines in composition, with nipples and veins of ham showing faintly under a layer of chicken skin, or, “if you want to go to the expense,” the skin of a suckling pig.40 These were very popular; there are fast-day versions using fish as well.

    Savoring The Past

  • Meat-day and fish-day recipes are not segregated in the medieval cookbooks as rigorously as they were in the later, better-organized volumes, but most basic dishes were given in fast-day versions.

    Savoring The Past

  • There are those who say that if he had been a cook he would have been able to improvise; given the requirements of table setting that were in force at the time it would have been merely difficult to invent supplemental roasts; but there was absolutely no way he could have served a fast-day dinner to several hundred people at short notice without fish.

    Savoring The Past


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