Jack-a-lent
Jack-a-lent Jack"-a-lent, n. A small stuffed puppet to be pelted in Lent; hence, a simple fellow. [1913 Webster]

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  • jack-a-lent — ˈjakəˌlent noun (plural jack a lents) Usage: usually capitalized J&L Etymology: jack (I) + a (of) + Lent 1. : a small stuffed puppet set up to be pelted as a sport in Lent 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jack-a-Lent — noun Etymology: 1jack + a (of) + Lent Date: 1598 1. a small stuffed puppet set up to be pelted for fun in Lent 2. a simple or insignificant person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Jack-o'-Lent — «JAK uh LEHNT», noun. Archaic. 1. a figure set up to be pelted during Lent. 2. a butt, as of ridicule. * * * Jack o lent see Jack a Lent …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jack o' Lent — was a tradition in England in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.This was an effigy of Judas Iscariot made of straw and rags that was beaten with sticks or used as a target by people throwing things before he would be burned on Easter.He is… …   Wikipedia

  • Jack o' Lent —    In Tudor and Jacobean London, this was the name for gaunt puppets made of straw, rags, and herring skins, personifying the Lenten fast, which boys set up on Ash Wednesday and pelted with heavy sticks, and finally burnt before Easter. He could… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Lent — A period of forty weekdays preceding Easter Sunday, observed by Christians, as a period of great religious significance, in attendance at daily religious services and sometimes in fasting. See Jack of Lent …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • Lent —    In the Christian calendar, this is a 40 day period of penitence and self discipline beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending with the service on Holy Saturday which marks the start of Easter. Sundays falling within this period are not counted as… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Jack Layton — Jack Layton, en 2011. Mandats 30e chef de l opposition officielle du Canada …   Wikipédia en Français

  • A Tale of a Tub — was the first major work written by Jonathan Swift, composed between 1694 and 1697 and published in 1704. It is arguably his most difficult satire, and perhaps his most masterly. The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of… …   Wikipedia

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