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[len-tn] /ˈlɛn tn/
of, relating to, or suitable for Lent.
suggesting Lent, as in austerity, frugality, or rigorousness; meager.
Origin of Lenten
Middle English, orig. attributive use of lenten Lent, later taken as adj. ending in -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Riding classes, which meet two evenings during the week, usually in the Lenten season, are still very popular.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • After the Christmas holidays the city will be gay until the Lenten season.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • When he opened his window that day he could hear the Lenten services in the church.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • A train is always admissible for the Lenten robe—that is, if it is for house wear.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • In beginning his sermon the Bishop spoke of the work of the noon-day Lenten services.

  • It was Ash-Wednesday, the hall must be cleared; the quiet Lenten season had begun.

  • Lenten services that year, instead of being forcibly endured by a rebellious Kid, were attended by a sweetly reverent Margarite.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • And as for that letter; a Lenten jest I called it yestereve; and so it is verily!

  • Then came the "grand ball," for this is Ash Wednesday, the last day of gayety before the Lenten season begins.

    Our Little Polish Cousin Florence E. Mendel
  • Sundays, which are not Lenten days, gave them an opportunity for varying the festivities.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for Lenten


(often capital) of or relating to Lent
(archaic or literary) spare, plain, or meagre: lenten fare
(archaic) cold, austere, or sombre: a lenten lover
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lenten

late Old English, from Lent + -en (2). Elizabethan English had Lenten-faced "lean and dismal" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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