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January

noun Jan·u·ary \ˈjan-yə-ˌwer-ē, -ˌwe-rē\

: the first month of the year

plural Jan·u·ar·ies or Jan·u·ar·ys

Full Definition of JANUARY

:  the first month of the Gregorian calendar
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Origin of JANUARY

Middle English Januarie, from Latin Januarius, 1st month of the ancient Roman year, from Janus
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with JANUARY

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JANUARYS Defined for Kids

January

noun Jan·u·ary \ˈjan-yə-ˌwer-ē\

Definition of JANUARY for Kids

:  the first month of the year

Word History of JANUARY

The Latin month name Januarius, from which we get the word January, was associated by the ancient Romans with their god Janus. Janus was a god of doorways and gates (in Latin, janua), and also of beginnings, so the name seems appropriate for the first month of the year. Curiously, however, the early Roman calendar began with March, not January, so the origin of the Latin name is somewhat mysterious.

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