Definition of Shrove Tuesday in English:

Shrove Tuesday


  • The day before Ash Wednesday. Though named for its former religious significance, it is chiefly marked by feasting and celebration, which traditionally preceded the observance of the Lenten fast.

    Compare with mardi gras
    • ‘So, as today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, I shall try to assist you in not making lumpy batter or burning down your kitchens.’
    • ‘Today, Tuesday, February 8th is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day as it is often referred to.’
    • ‘The Mayo General Hospital Shrove Tuesday table quiz took place in the Traveller's Friend Hotel.’
    • ‘Tower Hamlets, in East London, acted after objections to pancakes being served on Shrove Tuesday.’
    • ‘The event is being organised by the town council and the town centre management partnership to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.’
    • ‘It was all part of Pancake Day, a national community event run by the Uniting Church of South Australia to celebrate Shrove Tuesday on February 24.’
    • ‘On Shrove Tuesday, people still go sledding to make flax plants grow taller.’
    • ‘Pupils at Sutton Veny Primary School celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a Portuguese carnival day on Tuesday.’
    • ‘In Elizabethan times the first of the dates associated with Easter, Shrove Tuesday, could fall as early as 3 February or as late as 9 March.’
    • ‘Some older men also had a custom of not getting there hair cut between Shrove Tuesday to Easter Monday as their own deed for Lent.’
    • ‘The traditional, meatless Shrove Tuesday meal (the day before Lent) centers on pea soup and rye bread or pancakes.’
    • ‘The proceeds for the Shrove Tuesday event at the store, in Turner Rise, Colchester, will go to helping people with cerebral palsy.’
    • ‘With Shrove Tuesday being today, this week we are giving you two recipes for pancakes.’
    • ‘The celebration begins on January 6 and culminates on Mardi Gras day, Shrove Tuesday.’
    • ‘The Rotary Club of Waterford will host a Pancake Day Afternoon tea for Senior Citizens on Shrove Tuesday, February 8.’
    • ‘On Shrove Tuesday, Julie sent her off to school with a traditional Mardi Gras king cake.’
    • ‘It was Shrove Tuesday yesterday, a day to eat pancakes, so they say.’
    • ‘This Nettle kail was in some regions a traditional dish for Shrove Tuesday, or to celebrate the arrival of spring.’
    • ‘It will be remembered that, instead of the Shrove Tuesday lunch this year, the social committee held a pancake evening which had to take place in church.’
    • ‘So, enjoy Shrove Tuesday because tomorrow it will be time to enter the desert and come near to God.’


Shrove Tuesday

/ˌʃrəʊv ˈtjuːsdeɪ/