Dictionary.com

intercalary

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

adjective
inserted or interpolated in the calendar, as an extra day or month; intercalated.
having such an inserted day, month, etc., as a particular year.
inserted or introduced between other things or parts; interpolated; interposed.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of intercalary

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin intercalārius, equivalent to intercal(āre) “to intercalate ” + -ārius -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM intercalary

in·ter·ca·lar·i·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use intercalary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intercalary

intercalary
/ (ɪnˈtɜːkələrɪ) /

adjective
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK