\ ˈīdz How to pronounce ides (audio) \

Definition of ides

: the 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month in the ancient Roman calendar broadly : this day and the seven days preceding it

Examples of ides in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beware the ides of May, when the broadcast networks unveil their fall schedules at upfronts, touting a crop of new shows that just might contain the Next Big Thing (or not). Dan Snierson, EW.com, 13 May 2022 Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar was famously stabbed to death at the Curia of Pompey on the ides of March in 44 BCE. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Apr. 2022 The Curia of Pompey is famous for being the site where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on the ides of March in 44 BCE. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Feb. 2022 Here is the full account, translated from the Latin: On the 7th of the ides of June [1195], around the sixth hour, a marvellous sign descended near London. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2022

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First Known Use of ides

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ides

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin idus

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The first known use of ides was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Ides.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ides. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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