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[gri-gawr-ee-uh n, -gohr-] /grɪˈgɔr i ən, -ˈgoʊr-/
of or relating to any of the popes named Gregory, especially Gregory I or Gregory XIII.
Origin of Gregorian
1590-1600; < New Latin gregoriānus of, pertaining to Pope Gregory, equivalent to Late Latin Gregori(us) + Latin -ānus -an Unabridged
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  • Seventeen hundred and fifty-two was made memorable both in England and her colonies by the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    A short history of Rhode Island George Washington Greene
  • It received the appellation of the Gregorian chant from his name.

  • By the Gregorian rule of intercalation the coincidence of the solar and civil year is restored very nearly every 400 years.

    Our Calendar George Nichols Packer
  • There is but one kind of music consecrated to that—the Gregorian chant.

  • He introduced the Ambrosian Chant, a mode of singing more monotonous than the Gregorian, which superseded it.

  • The music was Gregorian, and performed in its most sombre mood.

    The Church Index William Pepperell
  • The chorus chants (its rather like a Gregorian chant), the actors intone.

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • The prayers are monotoned, the chants and responses are Gregorian.

    The Church Index William Pepperell
  • A more important labour was his reformation of the Gregorian Calendar, which even later mathematicians have deemed correct.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • The words, in the old Valencian dialect, are wedded to old Gregorian music.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
British Dictionary definitions for Gregorian


relating to, associated with, or introduced by any of the popes named Gregory, esp Gregory I or Gregory XIII
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gregorian

literally "pertaining to Gregory," from Late Latin Gregorianus, from Gregorius (see Gregory). From c.1600 in reference to church music, from Gregory I (pope from 590-600), who traditionally codified it; 1640s in reference to new calendar (introduced 1582) from Pope Gregory XIII.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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