Definition of Shrovetide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃrəʊvtʌɪd/


Shrove Tuesday and the two days preceding it, when it was formerly customary to attend confession.
Example sentences
  • Valentine's Day was interesting in 1602, because in that year it was also Shrove Sunday, the first day of Shrovetide - the three days associated with revels, carnival, misrule, and inversion of roles ending on Shrove Tuesday.
  • In Ashbourne, an ancient Shrovetide football game is still played along attractive Georgian streets, and local villages, notably Tissington, dress their wells with flowers annually.
  • Come on a Thursday or Saturday for the market, or at Shrovetide for the traditional ‘football match’, when hundreds engage in a mad brawl game featuring goal posts three miles apart.’


Late Middle English: of obscure origin; the first element related to shrive.

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