De·​cem·​ber di-ˈsem-bər How to pronounce December (audio)
: the 12th month of the Gregorian calendar

Examples of December in a Sentence

Her birthday is in late December. This December was not as cold as the past few Decembers have been.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of December was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“December.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


De·​cem·​ber di-ˈsem-bər How to pronounce December (audio)
: the twelfth month of the year

Middle English Decembre, December "last month of the year," from early French decembre (same meaning), from Latin December, literally, "tenth month," from decem "ten" — related to decimal, dime

Word Origin
In the first calendar used by the ancient Romans, the year began with the month of March. The Romans called the tenth month of the year December, using the Latin word decem, meaning "ten." When the word was borrowed into early French, it became decembre. That was also how it was first spelled when it came into Middle English. In time, however, the English word was changed to match the original Latin in spelling and in having a capital letter.

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