Meaning of ante Christum in English:

ante Christum

adverb

historical, rare
  • Following (or occasionally preceding) a date or time period: before the birth of Christ; in the time before year 1 of the Christian era. Abbreviated A.C.

    For information on the history of the practice of counting the years from the birth of Jesus, see the note at "before Christ".

Pronunciation

ante Christum

/ˌantɪ ˈkrɪstəm/ /ˌanteɪ ˈkrɪstəm/

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Gadbury (1627–1704), astrologer. From post-classical Latin ante Christum from classical Latin ante before + post-classical Latin Christum, accusative of Christus.