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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).]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, formerly a time when confessions were made in preparation for Lent



the three days before Ash Wednesday.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
أيام المَرافِع
tři dny před Popeleční středou
farsang utolsó három napja
Büyük Perhiz'den üç gün önce


[ˈʃrəʊvtaɪd] Ncarnestolendas fpl


nFastnacht f (die drei Tage vor Aschermittwoch)


(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.
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.
The ill-luck of the unfortunate Sancho so ordered it that among the company in the inn there were four woolcarders from Segovia, three needle-makers from the Colt of Cordova, and two lodgers from the Fair of Seville, lively fellows, tender-hearted, fond of a joke, and playful, who, almost as if instigated and moved by a common impulse, made up to Sancho and dismounted him from his ass, while one of them went in for the blanket of the host's bed; but on flinging him into it they looked up, and seeing that the ceiling was somewhat lower what they required for their work, they decided upon going out into the yard, which was bounded by the sky, and there, putting Sancho in the middle of the blanket, they began to raise him high, making sport with him as they would with a dog at Shrovetide.
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.
His was a muscular performance of tremendous drive and vitality but I felt that something had been lost amidst this welter of excitingly executed notes - the musical depiction of events, the individuals in the crowd, the smell of the Shrovetide Fair and the melancholy little puppet.
Scarborough's Shrovetide Skipping Day is still well supported on the South Foreshore.
OLD foes clashed in a mix of mud and puddles as a Northumberland market town's annual Shrovetide tradition played out once again.
MUD got everywhere as a Northumberland town enjoyed its annual Shrovetide football game.
Which Derbyshire town hosts a famous Shrovetide street football game?
The author perhaps overintellectualises Stravinsky's attitude, downplaying his ability to write to order, and, in examining the semi-invented nostalgic view of the Shrovetide fair, he might also have discussed the paintings of Boris Kustodiev as symptomatic of the same phenomenon.
Pupils were split into teams and took part in a modified version of the Shrovetide Game.
Indeed, the playhouses provided the space for the almost perennial Shrovetide riots, when crowds of apprentices gravitated toward the theaters to engage in rowdy and often violent activity.