One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The tenth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from June 19 to July 18.
- ‘I chose to represent Messidor, a summer month that comprised part of June and July.’
- ‘Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.’
French, from Latin messis ‘harvest’ + Greek dōron ‘gift’.
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