[kal-uh n-der]


a machine in which cloth, paper, or the like, is smoothed, glazed, etc., by pressing between rotating cylinders.
a machine for impregnating fabric with rubber, as in the manufacture of automobile tires.

verb (used with object)

to press in a calender.

Nearby words

  1. calendar day,
  2. calendar month,
  3. calendar watch,
  4. calendar year,
  5. calendarize,
  6. calendering,
  7. calends,
  8. calendula,
  9. calenture,
  10. calesa

Origin of calender

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

Related formscal·en·der·er, noun

Can be confusedcalendar calender colander Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calendering

British Dictionary definitions for calendering




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


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

Word Origin for calender

C17: from French calandre, of unknown origin




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

Word Origin for calender

from Persian kalandar

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