- 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.
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
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.Letters to an Unknown
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
The first day of each month was invariably called the Calends.Our Calendar
George Nichols Packer
- the first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar
C14: from Latin kalendae; related to Latin calāre to proclaim