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Quadragesima

[ kwod-ruh-jes-uh-muh ]
/ ˌkwɒd rəˈdʒɛs ə mə /
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noun

the first Sunday in Lent.

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Origin of Quadragesima

1350–1400; Middle English <Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima, short for Latin quadrāgēsima diēs fortieth day
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British Dictionary definitions for Quadragesima

Quadragesima
/ (ˌkwɒdrəˈdʒɛsɪmə) /

noun

Also called: Quadragesima Sunday the first Sunday in Lent
obsolete the forty days of Lent

Word Origin for Quadragesima

C16: from Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima dies the fortieth day
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