anno lucis


an·​no lu·​cis
often capitalized A&L
used by many Freemasons with a year to indicate the number of years elapsed since 4000 b.c. 4000 being added to the usual computation of the year
a.d. 1980 is Anno Lucis 5980
abbreviation A.L. often printed in small capitals

Word History


New Latin, in the year of light; from the conception that God's word creating light in Genesis 1:3 marks the beginning of creation

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anno lucis was in 1776

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“Anno lucis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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