The time of Henry VII ... nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed modern history. -allam.
1800, William Took, View of the Russian empire during the reign of Catharine the SecondYet from the commencement of mining there have been unnoble proprietors of mines, who belonged to the class of merchants.
An example of commencement is the start of a race.
Origin of commencement
- French commencement.