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


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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British Dictionary definitions for quadragesima


/ (ˌkwɒdrəˈdʒɛsɪmə) /


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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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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