[ in-tur-kuh-ler-ee, in-ter-kal-uh-ree ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr kəˌlɛr i, ˌɪn tərˈkæl ə ri /


interpolated; interposed.
inserted or interpolated in the calendar, as an extra day or month.
having such an inserted day, month, etc., as a particular year.

Origin of intercalary

1605–15; < Latin intercalārius, equivalent to intercal(āre) to intercalate + -ārius -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM intercalary

in·ter·ca·lar·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intercalary

/ (ɪnˈtɜːkələrɪ) /


(of a day, month, etc) inserted in the calendar
(of a particular year) having one or more days inserted
inserted, introduced, or interpolated
botany growing between the upper branches and the lower branches or bracts on a stem

Derived forms of intercalary

intercalarily, adverb

Word Origin for intercalary

C17: from Latin intercalārius; see intercalate
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Medicine definitions for intercalary

[ ĭn-tûrkə-lĕr′ē, ĭn′tər-kălə-rē ]


Occurring between two others, as an upstroke between two normal pulse beats in a pulse tracing.
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