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or lenten

[len-tn] /ˈlɛn tn/
of, relating to, or suitable for Lent.
suggesting Lent, as in austerity, frugality, or rigorousness; meager.
Origin of Lenten
Middle English, orig. attributive use of lenten Lent, later taken as adj. ending in -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When he opened his window that day he could hear the Lenten services in the church.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • After the Christmas holidays the city will be gay until the Lenten season.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • After that, the popular interest in the Lenten sermons had flagged a little.

    Romola George Eliot
  • A train is always admissible for the Lenten robe—that is, if it is for house wear.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • The Lenten service in the church at the end of the road was but poorly attended.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • It was Ash-Wednesday, the hall must be cleared; the quiet Lenten season had begun.

  • And as for that letter; a Lenten jest I called it yestereve; and so it is verily!

  • Dined at home on a poor Lenten dinner of coleworts and bacon.

  • Sundays, which are not Lenten days, gave them an opportunity for varying the festivities.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • It was also again performed in Lenten season of 1762 at the theatre.

    Dr. Arne and Rule, Britannia William Hayman Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for Lenten


(often capital) of or relating to Lent
(archaic or literary) spare, plain, or meagre: lenten fare
(archaic) cold, austere, or sombre: a lenten lover
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lenten

late Old English, from Lent + -en (2). Elizabethan English had Lenten-faced "lean and dismal" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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