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[kwing-kwuh-jes-uh-muh, kwin-]
  1. the Sunday before Lent; Shrove Sunday.
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Origin of Quinquagesima

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, short for Latin quīnquāgēsima diēs fiftieth day
Related formsQuin·qua·ges·i·mal, adjective
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Historical Examples of quinquagesima

  • A calf bought for the convent for Quinquagesima Sunday (Shrovetide), 9d.

    English Monastic Life

    Abbot Gasquet

  • Quinquagesima Sunday, the Sunday before the beginning of Lent.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • Quinquagesima, kwin-kwa-jes′i-ma, n. a period of fifty days.

British Dictionary definitions for quinquagesima


  1. the Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday, the beginning of LentAlso called: Quinquagesima Sunday
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Word Origin for Quinquagesima

C14: via Medieval Latin from Latin quinquāgēsima diēs fiftieth day
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