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  1. Alternative form of AD; abbreviation of anno Domini.
    • 1958, William Willetts, “Buildings”, in Chinese Art[1], volume 2, Penguin Books, →OCLC, page 733:
      In China, surviving single pagodas at the Fo-kung Temple, Ying Hsien, Shansi, and at the P'u-shou Temple in Hopei, both dating from the eleventh century A.D., no doubt indicate persistence of this earliest plan under the architecturally conservative Liao (p. 709) long after it had disappeared in more metropolitan areas.
    • 2018 April 11, Daniel E. Slotnik, “Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2018-04-12, Obituaries‎[3]:
      Their greatest discovery came on an expedition in 1937 when they dated and meticulously catalogued Foguang Si, or the Temple of Buddha’s Light, in Wutai County, Shanxi Province. The breathtaking wooden temple was built in 857 A.D., making it the oldest building known in China at the time. (It is now the fourth-oldest known).
    • 2020 May 11, Ligaya Mishan, “Eating in Xi’an, Where Wheat and Lamb Speak to China’s Varied Palette”, in The New York Times[4], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 11 May 2020[5]:
      Six hours are enough to devour the over 900 miles from Shanghai to Xi’an, the landlocked capital of Shaanxi Province in China’s central northwest, standing on the bones of the imperial city of Chang’an. In the seventh and eighth centuries A.D., this was the center of not only China but the globe — the eastern origin of the trade routes we call the Silk Road and the nexus of a cross-cultural traffic in ideas, technology, art and food that altered the course of history as decisively as the Columbian Exchange eight centuries later.

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  1. Alternative form of A. D.: in the year of the Lord, used in providing years according to the Dionysian Era.
  2. Alternative form of a. d.: day before, used in providing dates according to the Roman calendar.