Definition of Lenten in English:



  • Of, in, or appropriate to Lent.

    ‘Lenten food’
    • ‘More than one million people will be reading this Lenten issue of The Word Among Us.’
    • ‘Preachers may choose to continue the Lenten theme of baptism by examining the Epistle reading.’
    • ‘Pastor Pilsner was busy Monday working on his Wednesday Lenten service sermon.’
    • ‘This great Lenten hymn should be made a model for personal reassessment during Lent.’
    • ‘As at many other congregations, Lenten services were routinely preceded by a light supper.’


Old English lencten ‘spring, Lent’, of Germanic origin, related to long (perhaps with reference to the lengthening of the day in spring); now interpreted as being from Lent + -en.