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kalends

[kal-uh ndz]
noun (usually used with a plural verb)
  1. calends.
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calends

or kal·ends

[kal-uh ndz]
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 kalends

Historical Examples

  • The months were divided into three parts, kalends, nones and ides.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology

    Charles K. Dillaway

  • I need not tell you what this diminutive bottle might have been had for, before the Kalends.

    Aurelian

    William Ware

  • Don't you see that the Kalends are approaching, and no Antonius?

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • She departed this life on the 15 kalends of December, being 66 yeres of age.

  • The Lupercalian festivals were held on the 15th of the Kalends of March.

    A History of Pantomime

    R. J. Broadbent


British Dictionary definitions for kalends

kalends

pl n
  1. a variant spelling of calends
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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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