cal·en·dar | \ ˈka-lən-dər \

Definition of calendar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a system for fixing the beginning, length, and divisions of the civil year and arranging days and longer divisions of time (such as weeks and months) in a definite order — see Months of the Principal Calendars Table

2 : a tabular register of days according to a system usually covering one year and referring the days of each month to the days of the week a desk calendar

3 : an orderly list: such as

a : a list of cases to be tried in court

b : a list of bills or other items reported out of committee for consideration by a legislative assembly

c : a list or schedule of planned events or activities giving dates and details parties, concerts, and dances make up her calendar for the week

4 British : a university catalog


calendared; calendaring\-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of calendar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter in a calendar Should we calendar the meeting now?

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Synonyms for calendar

Synonyms: Noun

agenda, docket, program, schedule, timetable

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Examples of calendar in a Sentence


The university's academic calendar runs from September to May. the calendar of upcoming events at the state fair will be available tomorrow

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The judge finally relented and allowed about eight additional people to plead guilty at the end of the calendar. Kristina Davis,, "Fast-track misdemeanor immigration court rolls out with confusion, tension," 9 July 2018 The subject arose because the calendar has turned to July and the clock is tick-tick-ticking toward the trade deadline. Bob Brookover,, "Want Manny Machado on the Phillies? Don't get attached to prospects | Bob Brookover," 6 July 2018 The company crept over the line just as the calendar turned to July. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Can Tesla Keep Up the Model 3 Pace?," 2 July 2018 Nelson Cruz has belted 20 homers well before the calendar turns to July. Michael Beller,, "Midseason Report Card: The Astros, Mariners Are the Class of the AL West," 26 June 2018 Now that the calendar turns to June, Franklin will take a break from travel basketball and get together with the top players in the state. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Cathedral's Armaan Franklin attracting plenty of interest from top area programs," 31 May 2018 Later in the season, as the calendar turned from April to May, his .364 batting average would easily rank as the best on Louisville's team. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing Omaha: 3 days inside Louisville baseball's latest bid for the College World Series," 2 May 2018 Sacramento Kings beat writer Jason Jones explains how once the NBA calendar turns to March, winners can become losers. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings Q&A: Hield could be poised for a big leap. Is Cauley-Stein on the trade block? | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018 Be sure to visit Friends of the Cosmic Campground for a calendar of classes, star parties, and astronomical events. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Work is busy, so actually calendaring out my schedule helps me to elbow in some room between appointments to maintain my own sanity. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Finding the right balance between over-scheduling and slothdom," 5 Apr. 2018 If George and I don’t calendar everything, none of it is happening., "How My Husband and I Stay Insanely Fit While Raising a Toddler," 23 Aug. 2017 Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as ‘ Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "On Russia, Congress shows remarkable unity," 24 July 2017 Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as ‘ Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic, "What Jared Kushner Will Tell Congress," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of calendar


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calendar


Middle English calender, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French kalender, from Medieval Latin kalendarium, from Latin, moneylender's account book, from kalendae calends


see calendar entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of calendar

: a document, chart, etc., that shows the days, weeks, and months of a year

: a list or schedule of events or activities that occur at different times throughout the year

: a particular system for organizing the days of the year by month


cal·en·dar | \ ˈka-lən-dər \

Kids Definition of calendar

1 : a chart showing the days, weeks, and months of the year

2 : a schedule of planned events or activities the town's recreation calendar



Legal Definition of calendar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a list of cases ready to be heard on a procedural action the motion calendar specifically : a list of cases ready for trial

called also list

— compare docket

Note: Generally it is up to the party that wants to go to trial to have a case placed on the calendar. The party must file with the court a notice that the case is ready for trial and that a jury trial, if desired, is demanded.

2 : a list of bills or other items reported out of committee for consideration by a legislative assembly


transitive verb

Legal Definition of calendar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place (a case) on a calendar the Appellate Division, Second Department, is now calendaring civil appealsNew York Law Journal — compare docket

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