calends

or kal·ends

[ kal-uh ndz ]
/ ˈkæl əndz /
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noun (usually used with a plural verb)

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.

Nearby words

  1. calendar watch,
  2. calendar year,
  3. calendarize,
  4. calender,
  5. calendering,
  6. calendula,
  7. calenture,
  8. calesa,
  9. calescent,
  10. calexico

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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British Dictionary definitions for calends

calends

kalends

/ (ˈkælɪndz) /

pl n

the first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar

Word Origin for calends

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

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