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May 12, 2022
This week’s theme
Words related to time

This week’s words
timeous
yealing
witching hour
meridian
ephemeral

meridian
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with Anu Garg

meridian

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh-RID-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
noun:1. A line connecting the North Pole to the South Pole or a circle passing through the two poles.
 2. Midday.
 3. The highest point, as of power, prosperity, development, etc.
adj.:1. Relating to a meridian.
 2. Relating to midday.
 3. Relating to the highest point of someone’s power, prosperity, development, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French meridien, from Latin meridianus, from meridies (noon), from medius (mid) + dies (day). Earliest documented use: 1386.

USAGE:
“The beauty of the Marquesa de TellerĂ­a was still striking, though she had already passed the meridian of life.”
Benito Pérez Galdós (translation: Gamel Woolsey); The Spendthrifts; Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1951.

See more usage examples of meridian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. -Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, preacher, journalist, and activist (12 May 1802-1861)

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