One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the ancient Roman calendar) a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th of other months) from which other dates were calculated.
- ‘Madness, since the ides of Roman times, comes in March.’
- ‘The character who seems most conscious that the ides of March falls within Lent is Brutus, especially in his account of the manner in which the assassination should be conducted.’
- ‘But this same day must end that work the ides of March begun; and whether we shall meet again I know not.’
- ‘The received date of Christ's crucifixion was 25 March - hence the year number changed on that day - and 25 March by the Gregorian calendar was 15 March Julian, the ides.’
- ‘She was born on the ides of March in Springfield, Illinois, to Charles William and Ella Letitia Merriweather Post.’
Late Old English: from Old French, from Latin idus (plural), of unknown origin.
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