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  1. the month of meadows: the ninth month of the French Revolutionary calendar, extending from May 21 to June 19
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Word Origin

C18: from French prairie meadow
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Examples from the Web for prairial

Historical Examples

  • We think that the author of the Law of Prairial was a bad man.

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)

    John Morley

  • What, then, was the policy that inspired the Law of Prairial?

  • But on Prairial 20, the world is in holiday clothes in the Jardin National.

  • The law of Prairial threatened particularly the Terrorists; its effect would soon have extended to the other parties.

  • One half of the entire number of victims, namely, 1356, were guillotined after the Law of Prairial.