"Lent" is the past and participle of the word lend. The word means to allow someone to use any of your possession, in the hope that it will be returned to you. "Lend" means to give money to anyone on the condition that it will be returned back in time. It is said that one should neither borrow nor lend from anyone, because loan loses both money and spoils your friendship. Something that is lent to someone is lent at any random time and can be demanded back at any hour.
In the words of Marcel Proust, "The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace." The word "lent" has another appreciation. In Christian mythology, lent is the period immediately before Easter. In the words of Frank Butler, "I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas."