One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Of, in, or appropriate to Lent.‘Lenten food’
- ‘Pastor Pilsner was busy Monday working on his Wednesday Lenten service sermon.’
- ‘Preachers may choose to continue the Lenten theme of baptism by examining the Epistle reading.’
- ‘This great Lenten hymn should be made a model for personal reassessment during Lent.’
- ‘More than one million people will be reading this Lenten issue of The Word Among Us.’
- ‘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.
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