Anno Domini

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See also: anno domini and anno Domini


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Borrowed from Medieval Latin annō Dominī (in the year of the Lord) from the word annō (in the year) the ablative of annus (year) + Dominī (of the Lord) the genitive of Dominus (the Lord).


Anno Domini (not comparable)

  1. In the year of our Lord (often abbreviated A.D. or AD).
    • 1620Mayflower Compact
      In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.
    • 1859Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
      The scene was Mr. Cruncher’s private lodging in Hanging-sword-alley, Whitefriars: the time, half-past seven of the clock on a windy March morning, Anno Domini seventeen hundred and eighty.

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