Definition of Vendemiaire in English:

Vendemiaire

(also Vendémiaire)

noun

  • The first month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from 22 September to 21 October.

    • ‘The Vendémiaire uprising was therefore much more of a turning-point than the end of the Convention and inauguration of the constitution of the Year III, which took place three weeks later, on 27 October.’
    • ‘This system also had new names for the months - Vendemiaire for September, Fructidor for August - and lasted until Napoleon re-established the Gregorian Calendar in 1806.’
    • ‘By the law of 16 Vendemiaire, Year 2 of the Republic it was laid down that the weight of the new currency should be defined in terms of the kilogram (initially one hundredth).’
    • ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
    • ‘However, the rule was overwhelmingly rejected in some parts of the country and opponents in Paris staged an uprising on 13 Vendémiaire, Year IV.’

Origin

French, from Latin vindemia ‘vintage’.

Pronunciation

Vendemiaire

/vɛnˌdɛmɪˈɛː/