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 calendar (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 Most of the performances canceled last season will be on the calendar for the upcoming season. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud's Paramount Center for the Arts plans full season 'bravely and with bated breath'," 6 May 2021 Aduba had a few other projects on the calendar, but delays and cancellations ended up being a blessing. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Uzo Aduba Is Ready to Talk About Therapy," 29 Apr. 2021 The virtual-only guide offers information on some of the city’s most interesting activities, attractions, and history, and also includes listings of accommodations, restaurants, shopping and entertainment, with links to an event calendar and maps., "A hotel makeover, getaways to support LGBTQ+ youth, and a lighter on a mission," 28 Apr. 2021 Comedy shows and festivals aren’t included in the list above, and this isn’t intended as an exhaustive calendar of every single show coming to town. Mary Colurso |, al, "53 concerts coming to Birmingham this year (and a few in 2022)," 22 Apr. 2021 Call 877-444-6777 or go to to see campground maps, photos and amenities, plus an availability calendar. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "Camping in Arizona this summer? Reserve your campsite as soon as possible. Here's why," 9 Apr. 2021 The Datora is an annual calendar with day, date, and moon-phase displays, powered by the caliber B25. Carol Besler, Forbes, "Breitling Launches New Heritage Premier With A Squad Of Founders," 6 Apr. 2021 Huhra is a social worker with Southern Care hospice services and saw the announcement about the ribbon-tying on an online calendar. cleveland, "Berea honors Vietnam veterans: Community Voices," 27 Mar. 2021 There are some things that, even amid the chaos of an unpredictable awards calendar spanning global uncertainty, just feel right. David Canfield,, "EW previews Oscar noms chaos: See our final predictions in all 23 categories," 12 Mar. 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, "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


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10 May 2021

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“Calendar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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