/kal"euhndz/, n. (usually used with a pl. v.)
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.
Also, kalends.
[1325-75; ME kalendes, alter. (with native pl. suffix) of L kalendae, perh. equiv. to cal- (base of calare to proclaim) + -end- formative suffix (perh. for *-and-) + -ae pl. ending]

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  • Calends — Cal ends, n. pl. [OE. kalendes month, calends, AS. calend month, fr. L. calendae; akin to calare to call, proclaim, Gr. ??????. CF. {Claim}.] The first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar. [Written also {kalends}.] [1913 Webster] {The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calends — the first month of the ancient Roman calendar, is spelt with a c not a k …   Modern English usage

  • calends — [kal′əndz] pl.n. [ME calendes < OE calend, beginning of a month < L kalendae, the first of the month < calare, to announce solemnly, call out < IE base * kel > LOW2, CLAMOR] [often with sing. v.] [sometimes C ] the first day of… …   English World dictionary

  • Calends — The Calends (Latin Kalendae the called , gen. plural arum ), correspond to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar. The Romans assigned these calends to the first day of the month, signifying the start of the new moon… …   Wikipedia

  • calends — /kaebndz/ Among the Romans the first day of every month, being spoken of by itself, or the very day of the new moon, which usually happen together. And if pridie, the day before, be added to it, then it is the last day of the foregoing month, as… …   Black's law dictionary

  • calends —   n. pl. first day of month in ancient Roman calendar.    ♦ at the Greek calends, never.    ♦ calendal, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • calends — or kalends noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Middle English kalendes, from Latin kalendae, calendae Date: 14th century the first day of the ancient Roman month from which days were counted backward to the ides …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calends — noun the first day of the Roman month …   Wiktionary

  • CALENDS —    the first day of the Roman month, so called as the day on which the feast days and unlucky days of the month were announced …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • calends — cal·ends || kælɪndz n. first day of the month (according to the ancient Roman calendar) …   English contemporary dictionary

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