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The fifth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from 20 January to 18 February.
- ‘An engraving of the Proclamation de la Republique Romaine, Le 27 Pluviose, An VI, depicts the monuments placed on the Capitol to mark the declaration of the Republic.’
- ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
- ‘Nicolas and Claire were married on the 27th day of the month of Pluviose in the 11th year of the French Revolutionary calendar.’
French Pluviôse, from Latin pluviosus ‘relating to rain’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.