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Word of the day for January 1
calends n
  1. Often with initial capital: the first day of a month, particularly (Ancient Rome, historical) the first day of a month of the Roman calendar.
  2. (by extension) A day for settling debts and other accounts.
  3. (by extension, biblical, Judaism, obsolete) Synonym of Rosh Hodesh (the Jewish festival of the new moon, which begins the months of the Hebrew calendar)
  4. (rare) Synonym of calendar; (figuratively) an account, a record.
  5. (figuratively, obsolete) The first day of something; a beginning.

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Word of the day for January 4
shorthand n
  1. A rough and rapid method of writing by substituting symbols for letters, words, etc.
  2. (by extension) Any brief or shortened way of saying or doing something.

  Sir Isaac Pitman, who developed the widely used shorthand system now known as Pitman shorthand, was born on this day in 1813.

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Word of the day for January 5
coryphée n
  1. Synonym of coryphaeus
    1. (Ancient Greece, drama, historical) The conductor or leader of the chorus of a drama.
    2. (by extension) The chief or leader of an interest or party.
  2. (ballet) A ballet dancer ranking above a member of the corps de ballet and below a soloist.

  The African-American dancer, choreographer, and director Alvin Ailey was born on this day in 1931. His work fused ballet, modern dance, jazz, and theatre with black vernacular.

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