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

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

Definition of calendar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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 Pychyl says color coding your calendar gives you the ability to prioritize and rank your tasks. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Formula One cut Brazil from its 2020 calendar because of restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic. Mauricio Savarese, ajc, 14 Nov. 2021 Try turning your desktop calendar into a timetable, setting goals, and creating artificial deadlines to manufacture a sense of urgency that will push you to get things done. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Mark your calendar for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Fairview Park Senior Center for the center’s rummage and craft sale, just in time for the holidays. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2021 Danish brand Lakrids by Bülow is one of my all-time favorite candy companies, and its countdown calendar does not disappoint. Bon Appétit, 9 Nov. 2021 It’s not just a matter of days falling off the calendar; there are so many ways to move closer. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2021 But even with Burning Man 2021 officially off the calendar due to this same global health crisis, the Robot Heart community has convened to pay homage to its leader here in the desert. Katie Bain, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2021 Surely the director of Jaws can bump a high school production of Shrek the Musical off the calendar. Hunter Harris, Town & Country, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In San Diego, dedicated rosarians calendar the Labor Day weekend for quality garden time with their roses. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 5 Apr. 2018 If George and I don’t calendar everything, none of it is happening., 23 Aug. 2017 Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as ‘ Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 July 2017 Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as ‘ Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic, 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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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

 (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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