Definition: Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.
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Since Fat Tuesday is the same day as Mardi Gras, you can find the date of Fat Tuesday in this and future years in When Is Mardi Gras?
Pronunciation: fat ˈt(y)oōzˌdā
Common Misspellings: Phat Tuesday
Examples: "On the day before Ash Wednesday, we throw a Fat Tuesday party."