• The period preceding Easter that in the Christian Church is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. In the Western Church it runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday and so includes forty weekdays.

    • ‘To this end he will be eating as little as possible from the beginning of Lent until Easter.’
    • ‘One of the most enjoyable events in Bolivia is Carnival, the period preceding Lent.’
    • ‘These aren't the words we would normally want to hear on the day before Lent begins.’
    • ‘Since one must reserve a room six months in advance, I made plans last fall to visit this Lent.’
    • ‘During Lent, a visiting priest will celebrate Mass and preach at the Vigil Mass on Saturday night.’


Middle English: abbreviation of Lenten.