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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Definitions for antemeridian
  1. occurring before noon.
  2. of or relating to the forenoon.

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Citations for antemeridian
And what, pray tell, is the point of “Twitter”? Seriously, I don't “get” it. I meanest, I see what people use it for; I simply do not comprehend the urge to share publicly thy basest observations about celebrated thespians during ceremonies of awards and the quality of thy antemeridian coffee ... Teddy Wayne, "My Kingdom for an English Course!" New York Times, November 9, 2013
In the first antemeridian hours there was a lull in the restless hotel night. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, 1955
Origin of antemeridian
1650-1660
The Latin adverbial phrase ante merīdiem means “before midday, before noon.” The noun merīdiēs is a dissimilation of medīdiēs “middle of the day, midday, south,” formed from the adjective medius “middle, middle of” and the noun diēs “day.” The Roman polymath Varro (c116-c27 b.c.) wrote that he saw the archaic or dialectal form medīdiēs on a sundial in Praeneste (modern Palestrina), a town east southeast of Rome. Antemeridian entered English in the 16th century.
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