"to pass through a calender," a machine which smooths and presses paper, cloth, etc., 1510s, from Fr. calandre
, the machine name, from M.L. calendra
, so called from the shape of the machine used, from L. cylindrus
, from Gk. kylindros
"roll, cylinder" (see cylinder
). The noun meaning "cloth-presser" is recorded from 1510s.