Origin of Lent
Examples from the Web for lents
"No doubt you're right, Kass," Lents rumbled in a deep voice.
The words boomed and reverberated in the vaulted chamber, and Lents moved his bulky body beside Sine.
A monk reckons his monastic life by the number of Lents he has observed.A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White
Lents was already lifting his toga and snapping his weapon belt around his ample waist.
Lents plotted a long, graceful curve that would bring them to Earth with the best possible speed.
British Dictionary definitions for lents (1 of 2)
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Word Origin for Lent
Word Origin and History for lents
late 14c., short for Lenten (n.) "forty days before Easter" (early 12c.), from Old English lencten "springtime, spring," the season, also "the fast of Lent," from West Germanic *langa-tinaz "long-days" (cf. Old Saxon lentin, Middle Dutch lenten, Old High German lengizin manoth), from *lanngaz (root of Old English lang "long;" see long (adj.)) + *tina-, a root meaning "day" (cf. Gothic sin-teins "daily"), cognate with Old Church Slavonic dini, Lithuanian diena, Latin dies "day" (see diurnal).
the compound probably refers to the increasing daylight. Cf. similar form evolution in Dutch lente (Middle Dutch lentin), German Lenz (Old High German lengizin) "spring." Church sense of "period between Ash Wednesday and Easter" is peculiar to English.