The Greek calends
Calends Cal"ends, n. pl. [OE. kalendes month, calends, AS. calend month, fr. L. calendae; akin to calare to call, proclaim, Gr. ??????. CF. {Claim}.] The first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar. [Written also {kalends}.] [1913 Webster]

{The Greek calends}, a time that will never come, as the Greeks had no calends. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • the Greek Calends —    never    The Romans were meant to settle their taxes and other accounts on the Calends, or first day, of each month, but the Greek calendar had no Calends:     The emergence of chaos in Germany ... would put off the pacification of Europe to… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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  • Greek calends — Greek Greek, a. [AS. grec, L. Graecus, Gr. ?: cf. F. grec. Cf. {Grecian}.] Of or pertaining to Greece or the Greeks; Grecian. [1913 Webster] {Greek calends}. See under {Greek calends} in the vocabulary. {Greek Church} (Eccl. Hist.), the Eastern… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Greek calends — or Greek kalends Greek kalends A time that will never come, as the Greeks had no calends. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Greek calends — Greek kalends or calends A metaphorical expression for a time never likely to arrive, inasmuch as the Greeks had no calends …   Black's law dictionary

  • Greek calends — Greek kalends or calends A metaphorical expression for a time never likely to arrive, inasmuch as the Greeks had no calends …   Black's law dictionary

  • Calends — The Calends (Latin Kalendae the called , gen. plural arum ), correspond to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar. The Romans assigned these calends to the first day of the month, signifying the start of the new moon… …   Wikipedia

  • Calends — Cal ends, n. pl. [OE. kalendes month, calends, AS. calend month, fr. L. calendae; akin to calare to call, proclaim, Gr. ??????. CF. {Claim}.] The first day of each month in the ancient Roman calendar. [Written also {kalends}.] [1913 Webster] {The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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