Ante is the Latin for "before"
Post is the Latin for "after"
A meridian is an imaginary line running through some point on the earth's surface connecting it to the north and south poles. The definition of mid-day is when the sun is directly over this line. This word takes it name from....
Dies is the Latin word for "day' (diem in the possessive case)
meri is a Latin prefix for middle
meridiem is therefore Latin for "middle of-the-day"
Ante-meridiem is a Latin expression meaning "before mid-day"
Post-meridiem is a Latin expression meaning "after mid-day".
Note: there is a difference between Anti-Meridian and Ante-Meridiem. The Anti-meridian is the 180th meridian. (Both 180 degrees west and east.) Which is the basis for the international date line.
An Anti-Meridian is a meridian opposite any given meridian of longitude.Specifically the Anti-Meridian is the 180th meridian. That is the meridian opposite of the Prime Meridian.The term Anti-Meridian is sometimes confused with Ante Meridiem.Ante Meridiem is latin for before noon. Usually shown in English as "a.m.". Similarly, post meridiem, after noon, is shown in English as "p.m.".
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