December

noun De·cem·ber \ di-ˈsem-bər , dē- \

Definition of December

:the 12th month of the Gregorian calendar

Examples of december in a Sentence

  1. Her birthday is in late December.

  2. This December was not as cold as the past few Decembers have been.

Origin and Etymology of december

Middle English Decembre, from Old English or Anglo-French, both from Latin December (tenth month), from decem ten — more at ten


DECEMBER Defined for English Language Learners

December

noun

Definition of December for English Language Learners

  • : the 12th and last month of the year


DECEMBER Defined for Kids

December

noun De·cem·ber \ di-ˈsem-bər \

Definition of December for Students

:the twelfth month of the year

History for december

The earliest Roman calendar had only ten months and began with the month of March. The tenth and last month was called in Latin December, a word which combines the Latin words for “ten” (decem), “month” (mens), and a final word-forming element -ri-. The name was kept—and eventually borrowed by English—after December became the last of twelve Roman months.



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