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august

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adjective au·gust \ȯ-ˈgəst, ˈȯ-(ˌ)gəst\

Simple Definition of august

  • : having a formal and impressive quality

Full Definition of august

  1. :  marked by majestic dignity or grandeur <her august lineage>

au·gust·ly adverb
au·gust·nessplay \ȯ-ˈgəs(t)-nəs, ˈȯ-(ˌ)gəs(t)-\ noun

Examples of august

  1. We visited their august mansion and expansive grounds.

  2. The family claims an august lineage.



Origin of august

Latin augustus; akin to Latin augur


First Known Use: 1581


August

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noun Au·gust \ˈȯ-gəst\

Simple Definition of August

  • : the eighth month of the year

Full Definition of August

  1. :  the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar

Examples of august

  1. We are taking our vacation in August.

  2. The last two Augusts have been very dry.



Origin of august

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin Augustus, from Augustus Caesar


First Known Use: before 12th century

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AUGUST Defined for Kids

august

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adjective au·gust \ȯ-ˈgəst\

Definition of august

  1. :  being grand and noble :  majestic <an august university>




August

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noun Au·gust \ˈȯ-gəst\

Definition of August

  1. :  the eighth month of the year



History for august

The first Roman calendar began the year with March. The sixth month was the one we now know as August. The first Latin name given to this month was Sextilis, derived from sextus, “sixth.” The Romans renamed the month after the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, who first took power on August 19, 43 B.C. Hence the English word August came from the emperor's Latin name, which means literally “worthy of respect.”



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