One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fifth month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from January 20 to February 18.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
French Pluviôse, from Latin pluviosus ‘relating to rain’.
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