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- noun The solar calendar used in most of the world, sponsored by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 as a corrected version of the Julian calendar.
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- proper noun The
calendarcurrently used in the western world. It replaced the Julian calendarand was devised to halt the slow drift of the vernal equinoxtowards earlier in the year.
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- noun the solar calendar now in general use, introduced by Gregory XIII in 1582 to correct an error in the Julian calendar by suppressing 10 days, making Oct 5 be called Oct 15, and providing that only centenary years divisible by 400 should be leap years; it was adopted by Great Britain and the American colonies in 1752
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Named after Pope Gregory XIII who decreed it should be used.
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