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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Old English calend, a singular form back-formed from Latin kalendae, calendae.


  • IPA(key): /kalˈɛnd/, /ˈkalɛnd/


kalende (plural kalendes)

  1. Calends, the first day of a month, particularly a Roman month.
  2. A day calculated by counting the number of days left in a month and adding two, then noting the next month; a calends.
  3. Rosh Hodesh; the Jewish celebration of a month beginning.
  4. The start or commencement of something; that which begins.
  5. A foresign or portent of upcoming events or happenings.
  6. (rare) A chart or calendar.

Usage notes[edit]

The plural is frequently used in a singular sense, following the Latin.


  • English: calends