quinquagesime (1281)

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quinquagesime (1281)

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[ FEW: 2/ii,1479b quinquagesima; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,462b quinquagesime; TL: 8,95 quinquagesime; DEAF:  quinquagesime; DMF:  quinquagésime; TLF:  quinquagésime; OED:  Quinquagesima n. / Quinquagesime n.; MED:  quinquages(i)me; DMLBS: 2633b quinquagesimus ]

The Latin term itself was ambiguous, in that it was used to refer to the fiftieth day both before and after Easter (i.e. either the Sunday before Lent and/or Pentecost) as well as to the fifty-day period either before or after Easter. This ambiguity does not seem to have continued in the vernacular languages, where the word generally signifies the Sunday before Lent.


1theol.timeliturgicalSunday immediately preceding Lent, fiftieth day before Easter
( 1281 )  Ceste lestre fu escrite la veille de quinquagesime a Fremyngham  i 179
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