- the first Sunday in Lent.
Origin of Quadragesima
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima, short for Latin quadrāgēsima diēs fortieth day
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Examples from the Web for quadragesima
This status continued through Lent, and hence the incepting bachelor was described as stans in quadragesima.Cambridge
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
The diet is to be the same as in Quadragesima; clerks not observing these rogations are to be punished by the bishop.
- Also called: Quadragesima Sunday the first Sunday in Lent
- obsolete the forty days of Lent
C16: from Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima dies the fortieth day
Word Origin and History for quadragesima
c.1600, from Medieval Latin quadragesima (dies) "the fortieth (day)," altered diminutive of Latin quadrigesimus "fortieth," from quadriginta "forty," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Related: Quadragesimal.
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