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This template provides information about when a sense was first used, generally given to the nearest century. The template is placed at the end of a sense-line, after the definition.


  • For words that are still in use, please specify from a given date.
    e.g., {{defdate|from 17th c.}} returns [from 17th c.]
  • For obsolete senses, please specify a date range using an en dash.
    e.g., {{defdate|17th–19th c.}} returns [17th–19th c.]


For entries using hyphens (which should in some cases be replaced with en dashes), see Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:tracking/defdate/hyphen.