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Lenten

or lenten

[len-tn] /ˈlɛn tn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or suitable for Lent.
2.
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
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Examples from the Web for Lenten
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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

lenten

/ˈlɛntən/
adjective
1.
(often capital) of or relating to Lent
2.
(archaic or literary) spare, plain, or meagre: lenten fare
3.
(archaic) cold, austere, or sombre: a lenten lover
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Word Origin and History for Lenten
adj.

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

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