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cal·​en·​der ˈka-lən-dər How to pronounce calender (audio)
calendered; calendering ˈka-lən-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce calender (audio)

transitive verb

: to press (cloth, rubber, paper, etc.) between rollers or plates in order to smooth and glaze or to thin into sheets
calenderer noun


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noun (1)

: a machine for calendering something


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noun (2)

: a member of a Sufic order of wandering mendicant dervishes

Example Sentences

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In Orthodox churches, which follow the Julian calender, Palm Sunday is celebrated later. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 2 Apr. 2023 That means users can listen to music or check their calender in a side-by-side display of Google Maps. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 11 Aug. 2020 Australia's wildlife features prominently in the mixed animal edition of the Australian Firefighters Calendar — the calender's most popular edition each year. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 21 Oct. 2022 Africa’s oldest nation state, Ethiopia follows its own calender, has its own script and claims to be the indigenous home of coffee. Samuel Gebre,, 24 Sep. 2020 That hadn't been Jimenez since the calender turned to August. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2020 In relation to another winter celebration, David Frum expresses the Jewish ambivalence toward Hanukkah, a minor holiday which had the fortune to be near Christmas on the calender. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2011 See More

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Word History



Middle French calandrer, from calandre machine for calendering, from Vulgar Latin *colendra cylinder, modification of Greek kylindros — more at cylinder

Noun (2)

Persian qalandar

First Known Use


1513, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1688, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calender was in 1513

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“Calender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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