from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ragged figure used as a symbol or personification of Lent in processions, etc.
  • n. Hence A puppet at which boys throw sticks in Lent.


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  • 'Can a jack-o'-lent believe his few senses on such a dark night, or can't he?' exclaimed one whose utterance Darton recognized in a moment, despite its unexpectedness.

    Wessex Tales


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