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[shrohv-tahyd] /ˈʃroʊvˌtaɪd/
the three days before Ash Wednesday, once a time of confession and absolution.
Origin of Shrovetide
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English shroftyde. See shrove, tide1 Unabridged
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  • Dr. Kuhn says in several parts of Westphalia, at Shrovetide, cows' horns are decorated with white besoms with white handles.

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

    English Monastic Life Abbot Gasquet
  • It's Shrovetide, and the servant is simply beside herself; I must look out that something doesn't happen.

  • It was on the eve of Shrovetide, in the wilds about sixty versts from the railroad.

    The Awakening Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
  • Originally, the Shrovetide cocks were mounted on stools and stones thrown at them.

    Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell
  • About the same time Douglas came upon Roxburgh, when the garrison were enjoying the careless mirth of Shrovetide.

  • And this play is showed especially about Shrovetide, called in Italian Macchararum.

    The Pirate Sir Walter Scott
  • Shrovetide,—in its original meaning, signifies the time of confessing sins to a priest.

  • Don't matter whether 'tis his own or another's wedding, he's all the while jumping around like a Shrovetide pancake.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • At Shrovetide the cellaress gave each lady “for their cripcis and for their crumkakers 2d.”

British Dictionary definitions for Shrovetide


the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, formerly a time when confessions were made in preparation for Lent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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