cal·​en·​dar | \ ˈka-lən-dər How to pronounce calendar (audio) \

Definition of calendar

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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\ ˈka-​lən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce calendaring (audio) \

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

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Examples of calendar in a Sentence

Noun 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 hope, some have said, is that the car will produce better racing across the calendar, including at IMS. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Xfinity Series delivers thriller in IMS road course debut; will Brickyard make switch?," 5 July 2020 The capstone of the July astronomy calendar will be marked by two meteor showers peaking on the same night. Derek Van Dam, CNN, "Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead," 4 July 2020 There have also been ongoing questions about how to extend the selling life of clothes outside of certain pigeonholes of the fashion calendar. Tony Bravo,, "The coronavirus and social movements gives fashion a reality check," 3 July 2020 If cleared by the committee, the calendar change will move to the JCPS school board for final approval. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS may push back the start of the school year amid coronavirus concerns," 1 July 2020 It’s that annual day on the baseball calendar that every Mets’ fan now knows by heart, leaving them screaming into the night: Bobby Bonilla Day. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: There is no contract more legendary than Bobby Bonilla's deal," 1 July 2020 Biegun, however, said an in-person summit would be difficult before the November election, citing the coronavirus pandemic which has all but wiped the world's diplomatic calendar clean. NBC News, "South Korea calls for U.S.-North Korea summit before U.S. election," 1 July 2020 The three-day weekend is a critical part of the roughly 100-day summer calendar, when most businesses race to make enough money to survive the slower winter months. Washington Post, "Myrtle Beach reopened to survive the summer. Now, it’s a coronavirus ‘petri dish.’," 1 July 2020 The every-other-day calendar will mirror the NBA’s 2020 playoff format. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "5 key points to the Mavs’ NBA restart schedule, including a potential playoff primer vs. the Clippers," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Christian tradition, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full Moon that occurs on or just after the spring equinox (and the Christian Church calendars state that the spring equinox always falls on March 21). Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Lent in 2020? Everything You Need to Know About When the Season Starts and Ends," 11 Mar. 2020 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 kalendar, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin kalendārium, going back to Latin, "book in which monthly interest on loans (due on the first of the month) was recorded, account book, ledger," from kalendae calends + -ārium -ary entry 1


derivative of calendar entry 1

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The first known use of calendar was in the 13th century

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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Calendar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce calendar (audio) \

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

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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

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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