Definition of calendar in English:



  • 1A chart or series of pages showing the days, weeks, and months of a particular year, or giving particular seasonal information.

    • ‘At the travel sites, you'll find cruise line reviews, ship information, calendars, and details on the ports of call.’
    • ‘Mrs Levett said numerous cold calling scams had targeted people in York, for example salespeople selling adverts in calendars, charts and directories.’
    • ‘With this issue of American Scientist we turn a page on the millennium calendar.’
    • ‘The final days of the mayoral campaign find mayoress Kathy Baildon in a familiar pose: in the campaign office, surrounded by charts and calendars, phone glued to her ear.’
    • ‘According to legend, those who pray to this Katpawi Buddha, on the first and fifteenth full days of each month on the lunar calendar, will achieve their desires.’
    • ‘The new moon of the ninth month of the lunar calendar shines down on an Afghanistan that is struggling with the uncertainties of a fragile peace.’
    • ‘On the first and 12 th day of every month in the lunar calendar, many people come here to burn incense.’
    • ‘Also called the Lantern Festival, this event is an important traditional occasion, falling on the 15th day of the first month on the lunar calendar.’
    • ‘Other activities included drawing pie charts to illustrate incomes, as well as creating seasonal calendars and trend lines.’
    • ‘For the weather obsessed, the calendar features information on the average temperatures each month, the average rainfall and the cycles of the moon throughout the year.’
    • ‘McGonagall also gave Inuyasha a moon chart and a calendar highlighting the phases of the moon.’
    • ‘Oak trees work to a seasonal calendar that is not impressed by a few days of untypical sunshine.’
    • ‘The months of the Islamic calendar are determined by the phases of the moon and the Islamic day begins at sunset.’
    • ‘All aspects of how a facility is run right down to the details such as notice board outlining a calendar of activities and information for the public cannot be ignored.’
    • ‘Use calendars to chart when work is due so that children can see how much time they have to complete it.’
    • ‘According to the Chinese calendar, the 12 months are divided into four seasons.’
    • ‘An information leaflet and a calendar of collections will be included with the boxes.’
    • ‘Likewise, the pace of office work may depend upon market fluctuations, calendars of meetings, information flows, computer ‘down-time’ and so forth.’
    • ‘In addition, they have several festivals that are peculiar to the lunar calendar and have a seasonal significance.’
    • ‘A water conservation plan is to be presented by next month and a calendar established for delivering water to their neighbors north of the border, the president's office said.’
    1. 1.1A system by which the beginning, length, and subdivisions of the year are fixed.
      • ‘The beginning of the Muslim calendar corresponds with Mohammed's pilgrimage.’
      • ‘A solar calendar runs the length of the living room floor from north to south; the passing of the seasons is marked by the way the sunlight falls on different portions.’
      • ‘He worked out a calendar that included leap years, and he laid the foundations of a systematic chronography of the world when he tried to give the dates of literary and political events from the time of the siege of Troy.’
      • ‘Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar.’
      • ‘It was always hard for us to actually go through New Year's Resolutions at the beginning of the calendar.’
      • ‘Later a more accurate value of 365 1/4 days was worked out for the length of the year but the civil calendar was never changed to take this into account.’
      • ‘In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.’
      • ‘Accurate historical records were almost unheard of and every empire used its own calendar system which was often based on totally different criteria.’
      • ‘To keep the lunar calendar synchronized with the solar year, an extra month was intercalated in summer as necessary, in so-called ‘embolismic’ years.’
      • ‘The most important observation in the Islamic calendar is that of Ramadan.’
      • ‘The lunar calendar and new year festivities date from ancient times.’
      • ‘On Bali a lunar calendar New Year's day is celebrated with fasting, prayer, silence, and inactivity.’
      • ‘Another condition was that the spring break should be agreed - either to be around the moveable Easter bank holiday, or separate and at a fixed point in the calendar, but not varying around the country.’
      • ‘It is the time of the traditional Nowruz festivities; the beginning of a New Year in the Persian calendar.’
      • ‘This myth goes back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad when he was fleeing from Mecca to Medina-the event that marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.’
      • ‘The most important observation in the Islamic calendar is Ramadan.’
      • ‘Eclipses would help them to determine the length of the solar year and develop calendars based upon it.’
      • ‘But many years ago we used to go by a different calendar system, with Christmas on January 7 and New Year on January 14.’
      • ‘Losar, which falls towards the end of February, marks the beginning of the New Year in the Tibetan calendar.’
      • ‘This calendar was a solar calendar and included leap years.’
    2. 1.2A list of days or events of a specified kind.
      ‘the social calendar’
      • ‘This day is a major event in the social calendar of the year.’
      • ‘Mailing each student such a calendar at the beginning of the year saves a great deal of time, since upcoming dates do not need additional mailings or phone calls.’
      • ‘One of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar has become the latest fixture to fall victim to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.’
      • ‘The most generously supported extremely popular event takes pride of place as the most popular golfing Social event in the calendar.’
      • ‘This calendar of events will be posted shortly in the clubhouse notice board.’
      • ‘They operated a calendar system this year where all games were played on set dates.’
      • ‘The tour has been an annual event on the college calendar for nine years, showcasing live bands and DJ's to the country's student population.’
      • ‘It is a non-competitive festival, aimed at the vast loyal audiences of Glasgow and beyond, and situated as far away as possible from Edinburgh in the annual calendar of Scottish events.’
      • ‘Another event that takes prominence in the social calendar of the residents is their annual open-air mass.’
      • ‘For beer connoisseurs it was one of the great events of the social calendar - a real ale festival at one of Scotland's finest country houses.’
      • ‘All in all a gruelling event which was well attended for a new event on the calendar, 106 riders putting their toes to the line, most never having raced over this distance before.’
      • ‘Hundreds of companies and trade associations are footing the bill for after-hours events listed on the convention calendar.’
      • ‘This is always a huge festive event in the social calendar of the region as many visitors and local renew old friendships and enjoy a great evening.’
      • ‘The social calendar in the parish is filling rapidly with two forthcoming events in quick succession.’
      • ‘With a social calendar as chock-full as your shopping list, you want to look your best this time of year.’
      • ‘Within hours of the announcement last August, hoteliers were being bombarded by inquiries from people desperate to book accommodation for an event which is a fixture in the social calendar.’
      • ‘The dolls are grouped according to particular events in the Japanese calendar, their method of manufacture, their design and regional characteristics.’
      • ‘The next big social event on the calendar is the Commodore's Midsummer Night Ball.’
      • ‘You would think then, that at the club level, organisers could work around those dates when planning their club championships and extra events which are not listed on the calendar.’
      • ‘It has travel programmes, does publications, runs salons, symposia and academic programmes, lists a lively calendar of events and the like.’
      • ‘Reviews, articles, news, and an event calendar round out its list of features.’
      • ‘In any organisation, one associated with education, the celebration of the Founder's Day is undoubtedly the most important in the calendar of annual events.’
      timetable, schedule, programme, diary
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    3. 1.3North American A book in which to note daily appointments.
      • ‘The ARMS kit includes a planning section that has a monthly calendar, daily planning pages and note pages.’
      • ‘Persons who never before used daily planners or computer calendars may need to start.’
      • ‘This month and next, we will look at a simple web-based address book and appointment calendar that demonstrate this three-tier approach.’
      • ‘The best way to avoid giving in to workaholism is to ‘red line’ time for nurturing relationships in your appointment calendar.’
      • ‘On her appointment calendar, Deidre made a note to call Royce Timmerman at a decent hour in the morning for an early-afternoon meeting.’
      • ‘Keep a calendar of necessary repair appointments to track service histories.’
      • ‘But there's also a free, Web-only package that includes an email account, an address book, a calendar, and more.’
      • ‘I didn't actually look at my appointment calendar: I just pinged it.’
      • ‘How about a deliveryman with too many stops on his morning route, or a salesman with too many appointments on his daily calendar?’
      • ‘Editors around the country are likely peering at their calendars, noting the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and cringing.’
      • ‘That way, for example, your desktop computer can continuously update data it shares with your hand-held, such as an appointment calendar.’
      • ‘For example, appointments in your calendar might have facets for time, date, person, location, subject, and importance.’
      • ‘This can mean an alarm clock to a daily calendar of assignments.’
      • ‘My assistant - who had to clear my appointment calendar - was shocked.’
      • ‘A good record is your small pocket appointment book or annual calendar appointment book.’
      • ‘For example, users can post shared or private appointments on a calendar.’
      • ‘There are notes done linearly, notes using outlines with letters and numbers, notes inside squares and notes on calendars.’
      • ‘This is where the family calendar, phone book, cookbooks, laptop, and other often-used essentials are kept.’
      • ‘Jim handed him another box, this one brimming with old appointment calendars.’
      • ‘According to the regulations, you can prove the requisite number of hours by any reasonable means, including appointment books, calendars and narrative summaries.’
      • ‘Keep impeccable records, such as diaries and appointment calendars, that document the work you do at home.’
      • ‘Let's create a simple phone book and appointment calendar using Alzabo.’
      • ‘Write it down on your calendar and keep a daily exercise log.’
      • ‘The challenge is keeping the web browser bookmarks, address books, an calendars on each machine in sync.’
      • ‘Daily private calendars are commonplace on personal digital assistants (PDAs).’
      record, written account, history, annals, register
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  • Enter (something) in a calendar or timetable.

    ‘it was at their discretion whether to index or calendar the records’
    • ‘Exchange can be used for much more than email and calendaring, and it's unlikely that customers can throw an Active Directory-based architecture overboard just like that.’
    • ‘His demos included a pre-release version of with calendaring, VisualBasic, and BizTalk with Visio.’
    • ‘Chandler is only a prototype, but Kapor promises to deliver much of the basic functionality of Microsoft Outlook - contacts, email, calendaring - plus replication, with the ease of use you don't readily associate with Outlook.’
    • ‘The rich edition provides the support for dynamic provisioning, data synchronisation, and a set of component such as calendaring and a word processing editor.’
    • ‘We're currently trying to do a roll-out of Java Desktop Systems, but we have found that Evolution doesn't support MS Exchange calendaring and such.’
    • ‘She pointed out that we need to break out the various communications capabilities - like RSS reading and publishing, synchronous and asynchronous communications, calendaring - that currently are lumped into the email inbox.’
    • ‘With CompuLaw's Event Selection Expert, attorneys now have an easier way to locate appropriate formulas and trigger codes, determine when a document or event is to be calendared and track its deadlines.’
    • ‘The Sun ONE Collaborative Business Platform will support services such as e-mail, calendaring and group scheduling, instant messaging, group chat, alerts, persistent conference rooms, real-time polling and file sharing.’
    • ‘Unless the user is familiar with this rule and applies it correctly, events will be calendared incorrectly.’
    • ‘The company also offers calendaring, dip coating, and molding.’
    • ‘We will be using all the Mozilla tools and many web-top applications, such as calendaring, a desktop, a file viewer and the like.’
    • ‘Those that offer basic groupware functionalities, such as e-mail, contact and calendaring, are likely to satisfy the requirements of large deployments, up to thousands of users.’
    • ‘The move means Lotus Domino Web Access can now use Firefox to access e-mail, calendaring and scheduling, replication and business applications.’
    • ‘And then calendar some time for yourself, not just once a year, but on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Indeed, the recently calendared Scottish records indicate that Anna was ‘engaged in startling vigorous political activity’ from 1590 to 1603.’
    • ‘Is it just an informational Web site, or does it have interactive features like online donations, calendaring, etc.?’
    • ‘Users can access collaborative tools such as messaging, instant messaging, search and calendaring and scheduling, right from the Lotus Notes 6.5 client, rather than as separate applications.’


Middle English: from Old French calendier, from Latin kalendarium account book, from kalendae (see calends).