[thur-mi-dawr; French ter-mee-dawr]
  1. Also called Fervidor. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the 11th month of the year, extending from July 19 to August 17.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) lobster thermidor.

Origin of Thermidor

1820–30; < French < Greek thérm(ē) heat + dôr(on) gift; cf. -i- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for thermidor

Historical Examples of thermidor

  • The tyrant has fixed all his schemes of slaughter for the 10th of Thermidor.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • My trial and death are fixed the third day from this,—the 10th Thermidor.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • And you will keep Barabant's name until the 10th of Thermidor?

  • But I suppose you were pardoned out after the Tenth Thermidor.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King

    Augusta Huiell Seaman

  • Twenty-one in all were condemned on the 10 Thermidor and taken in carts to the guillotine.

British Dictionary definitions for thermidor


  1. the month of heat: the eleventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, extending from July 20 to Aug 18Also: Fervidor

Word Origin for Thermidor

C19: from French, from Greek thermē heat + dōron gift
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