Definitions for anno dominiˈɑn noʊ ˈdoʊ miˌni; Eng. ˈæn oʊ ˈdɒm əˌnaɪ, -ˌni
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an•no Dom•i•niˈɑn noʊ ˈdoʊ miˌni; Eng. ˈæn oʊ ˈdɒm əˌnaɪ, -ˌni
Ref: See A.D. (def. 1). 5 2
AD, A.D., anno Domini(adverb)
in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born
"in AD 200"
Variant of anno Domini.
The current date era beginning approximately years ago in the Gregorian calendar, based on the assumed birth of Jesus Christ.
In the year of our Lord (often abbreviated A.D. or AD).
Origin: From the anno Domini from the word anno the ablative of annus + Domini the genitive of Dominus.
in the year of the Christian era; as, a. d. 1887
Anno Domini and Before Christ are designations used to label or number years used with the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The term Anno Domini is Medieval Latin, translated as In the year of the Lord, and as in the year of Our Lord. It is sometimes specified more fully as Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi. This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years from the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the era. There is no year zero in this scheme, so the year AD 1 immediately follows the year 1 BC. This dating system was devised in 525, but was not widely used until after 800. The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used calendar in the world today. For decades, it has been the unofficial global standard, adopted for pragmatic interests of international communication, transportation and commercial integration and recognized by international institutions such as the United Nations and the Universal Postal Union. Traditionally, English followed Latin usage by placing the abbreviation before the year number for AD. Since BC is not derived from Latin it is placed after the year number. However, placing the AD after the year number is also becoming common usage. The abbreviation is also widely used after the number of a century or millennium, as in "fourth century AD" or "second millennium AD". Because BC is the English abbreviation for Before Christ, it is sometimes incorrectly concluded that AD means After Death, i.e., after the death of Jesus. However this would mean that the ~33 years commonly associated with the life of Jesus would not be present in either BC or AD time scales.
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