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[an-tee-muh-rid-ee-uh n]
  1. occurring before noon.
  2. of or relating to the forenoon.
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Origin of antemeridian

First recorded in 1650–60; ante- + meridian
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Examples from the Web for ante-meridian

Historical Examples

  • Court Street, at ten, ante-meridian, was banked with eager faces.

    The Skipper and the Skipped

    Holman Day

  • Tabby and I were alone in the kitchen, about half-past nine ante-meridian.

British Dictionary definitions for ante-meridian


  1. before noon; in the morning
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin antemerīdiānus; see ante-, meridian
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