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 Depending on the calendar, it could be deployed to reverse last-minute Trump maneuvers. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "What Biden’s win changes for Americans, China, and the environment," 7 Nov. 2020 And one of the marquee games on the calendar, especially for Michigan State basketball, may finally have a location. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball at Duke reportedly to play Dec. 1 in Champions Classic," 6 Nov. 2020 Gogol was born, believe it or not, on April 1 (March 20 on the calendar then in use), 1809, in the little Ukrainian town of Sorochintsy. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 2020 Texas' upcoming matchup against West Virginia may have not been the biggest Big 12 game circled on the calendar this year, but the Longhorns will have their hands full with the talent the Mountaineers' defense. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Texas HC Tom Herman wary of stout West Virginia defensive front," 3 Nov. 2020 With a surge in cases ongoing and more holidays to come on the calendar, many hospitals in Canada are now activating surge capacity plans, adding temporary Covid-19 units and more acute care beds. Paula Newton, CNN, "Will Thanksgiving be a superspreading event? Look to Canada for answers," 2 Nov. 2020 One of the big items on the calendar this week (other than the election) is Friday’s non-farm payrolls report. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks up, crude down as investors brace for a volatile week," 2 Nov. 2020 Another important date looms on the calendar this coming week in addition to a national election billed as the most pivotal in decades. Washington Post, "The U.S. will leave the Paris climate accord on Nov. 4. But voters will decide for how long.," 30 Oct. 2020 During its five-year history, the Cure Bowl has typically been one of the first games played on the calendar. Matt Murschel,, "Cure Bowl leaders grateful they can host game despite pandemic," 30 Oct. 2020 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, "Labor Day weekend pruning of roses sets the stage for autumn blooms," 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, "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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17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Calendar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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