in·​ter·​ca·​la·​ry | \ in-ˈtər-kə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce intercalary (audio) , ˌin-tər-ˈka-lə-rē \

Definition of intercalary

1a : inserted in a calendar an intercalary day
b of a year : containing an intercalary period (such as a day or month)
2 : inserted between other things or parts : interpolated

Examples of intercalary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reflection between Sarat's private ordeal and the country's vast, ongoing calamity is sustained by a series of intercalary chapters: excerpts from history books, news reports, memoirs and speeches. The Washington Post,, 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of intercalary

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for intercalary

borrowed from Latin intercalārius, from intercalāre "to intercalate" + -ārius -ary entry 2

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“Intercalary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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