ante meridiem

[an-tee muh-rid-ee-uh m, -em]


Origin of ante meridiem

First recorded in 1555–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ante meridiem

dawn, prime, daybreak, morn, aurora, daylight, sunup, cockcrow, sunrise, morrow, AM, forenoon, dayspring

British Dictionary definitions for ante meridiem

ante meridiem

the full form of a.m.

Word Origin for ante meridiem

Latin, from ante- + merīdiēs midday
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Word Origin and History for ante meridiem

1560s, Latin, literally "before noon," from ante (see ante) + accusative of meridies "midday, noon" (see meridian).

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