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The three days, Shrove Sunday, Shrove Monday, and Shrove Tuesday, preceding Ash Wednesday.

[Middle English schroftide : schrof-, shriving (from schriven, to shrive; see shrive) + tid, time; see tide1 (so called because in medieval times it was customary for Christians to confess and be shriven in the week before Lent).]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, formerly a time when confessions were made in preparation for Lent
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the three days before Ash Wednesday.
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Noun1.Shrovetide - immediately preceding Lent
church calendar, ecclesiastical calendar - a calendar of the Christian year indicating the dates of fasts and festivals
season - a recurrent time marked by major holidays; "it was the Christmas season"
Mardi Gras, pancake day, Shrove Tuesday - the last day before Lent
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nFastnacht f (die drei Tage vor Aschermittwoch)
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(ʃrouv) : Shrove ˈSunday noun
the first day of Shrovetide.
Shrove ˈTuesday noun
the last day of Shrovetide, when people traditionally eat pancakes.
ˈShrovetide noun
the three days before Ash Wednesday.
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References in classic literature ?
This ball was an exceptional affair, given some time before Shrovetide, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of a famous draftsman; and it was expected to be much gayer, noisier, more Bohemian than the ordinary masked ball.
"And, what is more," said Hordle John, suddenly appearing out of the buttery with the huge board upon which the pastry was rolled, "if either raise sword I shall flatten him like a Shrovetide pancake.
Veltrusky, "Medieval Drama in Bohemia" (203-15); Andrzej D browka, "Polish Plays of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" (216-44); Susan Verdi Webster, "The Decent from the Cross in Sixteenth-Century New Spain" (245-61); Francesc Massip, "The Cloud: A Medieval Aerial Device, Its Origins, and Its Use in Spain Today" (262-74); Sandra Pietrini, "Medieval Ideas of the Ancient Actor and Roman Theater" (275-96); Leif Sondergaard and Tom Pettitt, "The Flyting of Yule and Lent: A Medieval Swedish Shrovetide Interlude" (279-308).
But down in Ashbourne in Derbyshire it's the day when they indulge in one hell of a footie match that revels in the grandiose title of Royal Shrovetide Football.
Last week's winner,for the picture of Prince Charles at the Shrovetide football game in Derbyshire, was Paul Hughes of Llangollen with the words: ``At last - Wales find a successful line-out jumper.''
If Shakespeare and his fellow actors entertained the English monarchs and their courts with a number of performances over the three days of Shrovetide, in the succeeding six weeks of Lent earnest courtiers could have been present at far many more performances of quite a different kind: the sermons delivered in palace chapels and in the quasipublic Preaching Place at Whitehall by the clergymen appointed to serve as royal chaplains.
Knight opens the section 'Shrovetide and Carnival: Farce and Fastnachtspiel' with an account of the role of the Bishop of Fools in fifteenth-century Lille.
From the medieval `red-coats' hired by George Ferrers to keep the young Edward VI amused in the mid-winter season of Misrule, to the football hooligans of Shrovetide, unbridled enjoyment was the common thread of all folk rituals, whatever their form or avowed function.
Carnival or Shrovetide play that emerged in the 15th century as the first truly secular drama of pre-Reformation Germany.
Ishmael Reed, Shrovetide in Old New Orleans (New York: Doubleday, 1978), 134.
This may be entirely convincing for The Winter's Tale, but it can hardly apply to the bear in Cox of Collumpton, which showed itself to the Cox brothers, not at Candlemas, or Shrovetide, but on 2 5 April.
They talked together, formed loose associations, and celebrated May Day and Shrovetide together," Seaver points out.