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or lent·en

  1. of, relating to, or suitable for Lent.
  2. suggesting Lent, as in austerity, frugality, or rigorousness; meager.
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Origin of Lenten

Middle English, orig. attributive use of lenten Lent, later taken as adj. ending in -en2
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Examples from the Web for lenten

Historical Examples

  • 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.


    Anna Balmer Myers

  • After that, the popular interest in the Lenten sermons had flagged a little.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for lenten


  1. (often capital) of or relating to Lent
  2. archaic, or literary spare, plain, or meagrelenten fare
  3. archaic cold, austere, or sombrea lenten lover
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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).

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