Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the year of our Lord (often abbreviated A.D. or AD).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In the year of the Christian era; as, a. d. 1887.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the year of the Lord; in the year of the Christian era. Commonly abbreviated a. d.: as, the battle of Bunker Hill was fought a. d. (or a. d.) 1775.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born

Etymologies

From the Latin annō Domini ("in the year of the Lord") from the word annō ("in the year") the ablative of annus ("year") + Domini ("of the Lord") the genitive of Dominus ("the Lord"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The retiring member then thanked his audience for the kind attention and support they had given him for so many years, made a final cheerful joke about a Pagan divinity known as Anno Domini, and took his seat.

    The Imperialist

  • And so it was settled to their satisfaction, but "Anno Domini" is as elusive as ever.

    The Woman's Era Vol. 2 No. 2

  • Since we are agree that 'Anno Domini' may be settled somewhere upon 'Mars. ""

    The Woman's Era Vol. 2 No. 2

  • (Anno Domini, that is -- though who are we to assume 1960

    Joystiq

  • Women's Genre Fiction social - Social Notes: Who is 'Anno Domini' Settled

    Social Notes: Who is 'Anno Domini' Settled

  • a fragment of an old tombstone with moss in its 'hic jacet'; -- a ghost or a winding-sheet -- or the echo of a funeral psalm wafted on a November wind! and the gayest thing you shall meet with shall be a silver nail or gilt 'Anno Domini' from a perished coffin top.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • A.D. stands for Anno Domini, which means "in the year of our Lord" and that intones Jesus.

    Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.: All's Well That Ends

  • After all, these markers presume that Anno Domini is the beginning of the ‘common era.’

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Trinity University Keeping “Year of Our Lord” in Its Diplomas

  • Finally, abruptly, the Devil sweeps Simon off the top of his pillar by introducing a jet plane into this early Anno Domini fable.

    Archive 2009-02-08

  • You know, some people point out that the first year in the Gregorian Calendar was the year Anno Domini, which means "In the Year of Our Lord," and then it was 1 AD, 2 AD, 3 - but, I mean, it's commonly held that - you know, 1920s did not end in 1930.

    CNN Transcript Dec 31, 2009

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