Definition of nundine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnʌndʌɪn/


Roman History
  • In singular and plural. A market day held every eighth (by inclusive reckoning, ninth) day.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bellenden (c1495–a1548), poet and translator. Originally as plural from classical Latin nundinae, feminine plural (short for nundinae feriae ninth-day holiday), a market day held every ninth day, counting inclusively from novem nine + din- day (cognate with Sanskrit -dina day, Early Irish denus length of a day; from an extended form of the same Indo-European base as classical Latin diēs day).