Meaning of Shrovetide in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃrəʊvtʌɪd/


  • Shrove Tuesday and the two days preceding it, when it was formerly customary to attend confession.

    ‘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.’’
    • ‘In the rural Ireland of my youth, the three days prior to Ash Wednesday were known as Shrovetide and it was a time of eating, drinking, music-making and card playing.’
    • ‘In terms of Christian religion, Shrovetide was the time when you were meant to visit your confessor and admit to all the naughty things you'd been up to.’
    • ‘Lord Hunsdon's Men were still in favour at Shrovetide, when again they were the only company to perform for the Queen.’


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