the time, esp. the Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday: cf. Mardi Gras), just before Ash Wednesday: so called from the custom of preparing for Lent by sacramental confession esp. during this period
Origin of ShrovetideMiddle English schroffetide from shriven, to shrive + tide
The three days, Shrove Sunday, Shrove Monday, and Shrove Tuesday, preceding Ash Wednesday.
Origin of ShrovetideMiddle 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)