AD ABBREVIATION Anno Domini (used to indicate that a date comes the specified number of years after the traditional date of Christ's birth).
USAGE AD is normally written in small capitals and should be placed before the numerals, as in AD 375 . However, when the date is spelled out, it is normal to write the third century AD .
ORIGIN Latin, 'in the year of the Lord' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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