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august

adjective au·gust \-ˈgəst, ˈ-(ˌ)gəst\

: having a formal and impressive quality

Full Definition of AUGUST

:  marked by majestic dignity or grandeur <her august lineage>
au·gust·ly adverb
au·gust·ness \-ˈgəs(t)-nəs, ˈ-(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

noun Au·gust \ˈ-gəst\

: the eighth month of the year

Full Definition of AUGUST

:  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

Other Calendar Terms

antedate, estival, gloaming, luster, sesquicentennial
AUGUST Defined for Kids

august

adjective au·gust \-ˈgəst\

Definition of AUGUST for Kids

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

August

noun Au·gust \ˈ-gəst\

Definition of AUGUST for Kids

:  the eighth month of the year

Word History of 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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