Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Shrove, imp. of {Shrive}. [1913 Webster]

{Shrove Sunday}, Quinguagesima Sunday.

{Shrove Tuesday}, the Tuesday following Quinguagesima Sunday, and preceding the first day of Lent, or Ash Wednesday.

Note: It was formerly customary in England, on this day, for the people to confess their sins to their parish priests, after which they dined on pancakes, or fritters, and the occasion became one of merriment. The bell rung on this day is popularly called Pancake Bell, and the day itself Pancake Tuesday. --P. Cyc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Shrove Tuesday — Observed by Followers of many Christian denominations Type Christian Date Tuesday in seventh week before Easter 2011 date March 8 2012 date February 21 …   Wikipedia

  • Shrove Tuesday — ► NOUN ▪ the day before Ash Wednesday, traditionally marked by feasting before the Lenten fast …   English terms dictionary

  • Shrove Tuesday — the last day of Shrovetide, long observed as a season of merrymaking before Lent. [1490 1500; SHROVE + TUESDAY] * * * ▪ Christianity       the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent in the Christian churches in the West).… …   Universalium

  • Shrove Tuesday — UK [ˌʃrəʊv ˈtjuːzdeɪ] / US [ˈʃroʊv ˌtuzdeɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms Shrove Tuesday : singular Shrove Tuesday plural Shrove Tuesdays British the Tuesday in February that is the last day before the Christian season of lent. The… …   English dictionary

  • Shrove Tuesday — [[t]ʃro͟ʊv tju͟ːzdeɪ, AM tu͟ːz [/t]] N UNCOUNT Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. People traditionally eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Syn: Pancake Day …   English dictionary

  • Shrove Tuesday — Shrove Tues|day [ ʃrouv ,tuzdeı ] noun count or uncount BRITISH the Tuesday in February that is MARDI GRAS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Shrove Tuesday — Shrove Tues|day [ˌʃrəuv ˈtju:zdi, deı US ˌʃrouv ˈtu:z ] n [U and C] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Shrove from shrive (of a Christian priest) to hear and forgive someone s sins (11 21 centuries), from Old English scrifan; SHRIFT] the day before the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Shrove Tuesday — Shrove′ Tues′day n. rel the last day of Shrovetide • Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • Shrove Tuesday —    The old name given to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, because on that day every one was accustomed to go to the Priest before beginning the observance of Lent, to be shrived, shriven, shrove, i.e., to confess and be absolved. Certain social… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shrove Tuesday — noun Etymology: Middle English schroftewesday, from schrof (as in schroftide) + tewesday Tuesday Date: 15th century the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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