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  1. a table or register with the days of each month and week in a year: He marked the date on his calendar.
  2. any of various systems of reckoning time, especially with reference to the beginning, length, and divisions of the year.Compare Chinese calendar, Gregorian calendar, Hindu calendar, Jewish calendar, Julian calendar, Muslim calendar.
  3. a list or register, especially one arranged chronologically, as of appointments, work to be done, or cases to be tried in a court.
  4. a list, in the order to be considered, of bills, resolutions, etc., brought before a legislative body.
  5. Obsolete. a guide or example.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to enter in a calendar; register.
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Origin of calendar

1175–1225; Middle English calender < Anglo-French < Latin calendārium account book, equivalent to Calend(ae) calends (when debts were due) + -ārium -ary; see -ar2
Related formsca·len·dri·cal [kuh-len-dri-kuhl] /kəˈlɛn drɪ kəl/, ca·len·dric, cal·en·dar·i·al [kal-uhn-dair-ee-uhl] /ˌkæl ənˈdɛər i əl/, cal·en·dar·i·an, cal·en·dar·ic, adjectiveun·cal·en·dared, adjective
Can be confusedcalendar calender colander

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Related Words for calendar

almanac, journal, list, program, diary, agenda, timetable, table, lineup, docket, card, chronology, daybook, log, register, record, tab, time, bulletin, pipeline

Examples from the Web for calendar

Contemporary Examples of calendar

Historical Examples of calendar

  • If that be holiness, I could show you hogs in this forest who are fit to head the calendar.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Calendar's chuckle was not audible, but he broke the pause that followed.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Had she any tangible ground for believing that Calendar could be found in Queensborough?

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Calendar surrendered an untenable position as gracefully as could be wished.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • (Kirkwood set his mouth savagely) Calendar should have a run for his money!

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for calendar


  1. a system for determining the beginning, length, and order of years and their divisionsSee also Gregorian calendar, Jewish calendar, Julian calendar, Revolutionary calendar, Roman calendar
  2. a table showing any such arrangement, esp as applied to one or more successive years
  3. a list, register, or schedule of social events, pending court cases, appointments, etc
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  1. (tr) to enter in a calendar; schedule; register
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Derived Formscalendrical (kæˈlɛndrɪkəl) or calendric, adjective

Word Origin for calendar

C13: via Norman French from Medieval Latin kalendārium account book, from Kalendae the calends, when interest on debts became due
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for calendar


c.1200, "system of division of the year;" mid-14c. as "table showing divisions of the year;" from Old French calendier "list, register," from Latin calendarium "account book," from calendae/kalendae "calends" the first day of the Roman month -- when debts fell due and accounts were reckoned -- from calare "to announce solemnly, call out," as the priests did in proclaiming the new moon that marked the calends, from PIE root kele- (2) "to call, shout" (see claim (v.)).

Taken by the early Church for its register list of saints and their feast days. The -ar spelling in English is 17c. to differentiate it from the now obscure calender "cloth-presser."

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