Thermidor

[thur-mi-dawr; French ter-mee-dawr]
noun
  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-
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Examples from the Web for thermidor

Historical Examples of thermidor

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

    Zanoni

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

    Zanoni

    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

Thermidor

noun
  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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