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calends

or kal·ends

[kal-uh ndz]
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noun (usually used with a plural verb)
  1. the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar, from which the days of the preceding month were counted backward to the ides.
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Origin of calends

1325–75; Middle English kalendes, alteration (with native plural suffix) of Latin kalendae, perhaps equivalent to cal- (base of calāre to proclaim) + -end- formative suffix (perhaps for *-and-) + -ae plural ending
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Examples from the Web for calends

Historical Examples

  • Roman festivals in honor of Ops, held on 14th of the calends of January.

    1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described

    Edward S. Ellis

  • You speak of the sunshine, and remind me of it almost as if it were the Greek calends.

  • Cicero landed at Brundusium on the 7th of the Calends of December, 704.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2

    Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

  • The Calends, the Ides, and the Nones were especially to be avoided.

    Roman Women

    Alfred Brittain

  • The first day of each month was invariably called the Calends.

    Our Calendar

    George Nichols Packer


British Dictionary definitions for calends

calends

kalends

pl n
  1. the first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin kalendae; related to Latin calāre to proclaim
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