Feb·​ru·​ary | \ ˈfe-b(y)ə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce February (audio) , ˈfe-brə- How to pronounce February (audio) \
plural Februaries or Februarys

Definition of February

: the second month of the Gregorian calendar

How do you pronounce February?: Usage Guide

Dissimilation may occur when a word contains two identical or closely related sounds, resulting in the change or loss of one of them. This happens regularly in February, which is more often pronounced \ˈfe-b(y)ə-ˌwer-ē\ than \ˈfe-brə-ˌwer-ē\, though all of these variants are in frequent use and widely accepted. The \y\ heard from many speakers is not an intrusion but rather a common pronunciation of the vowel u after a consonant, as in January and annual.

First Known Use of February

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for February

Middle English Februarie, from Old English Februarius, from Latin, from Februa, plural, feast of purification

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“February.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/February. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Feb·​ru·​ary | \ ˈfe-byə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce February (audio) , ˈfe-brə-, ˈfe-bə- \

Kids Definition of February

: the second month of the year

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