- (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the first month of the year, extending from September 22 to October 21.
Origin of Vendémiaire
< French, equivalent to vendémi- (< Latin vindēmia vintage) + -aire -ary
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Examples from the Web for vendemiaire
We had a fight there last Vendemiaire with the Gars and his brigands.The Chouans
Honore de Balzac
He signed Buonaparte even after the famous 13th Vendemiaire.
We arrived in Paris on the 24th Vendemiaire (the 16th of October).
Even his fellow-regicides, even the authors of the slaughter of Vendemiaire and of the arrests of Fructidor, were ashamed of him.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
He is the officer who commanded the troops of the Convention on the Thirteenth Vendemiaire.Military Career of Napoleon the Great
Montgomery B. Gibbs
- the month of the grape harvest: the first month of the French Revolutionary calendar, extending from Sept 23 to Oct 22
C18: from French, from Latin vindēmia vintage, from vīnum wine + dēmere to take away
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