[ kal-uhn-der ]
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  1. a machine in which cloth, paper, or the like, is smoothed, glazed, etc., by pressing between rotating cylinders.

  2. a machine for impregnating fabric with rubber, as in the manufacture of automobile tires.

verb (used with object)
  1. to press in a calender.

Origin of calender

1505–15; <Middle French calandre, by vowel assimilation <*colandre<Vulgar Latin *colendra, for Latin cylindruscylinder; compare Middle English calendrer (<Anglo-French ) as name of occupation

Other words from calender

  • cal·en·der·er, noun

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How to use calender in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for calender (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkælɪndə) /

  1. a machine in which paper or cloth is glazed or smoothed by passing between rollers

  1. (tr) to subject (material) to such a process

Origin of calender

C17: from French calandre, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for calender (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkælɪndə) /

  1. a member of a mendicant order of dervishes in Turkey, Iran, and India

Origin of calender

from Persian kalandar

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