February

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noun Feb·ru·ary \ˈfe-b(y)ə-ˌwer-ē, ˈfe-brə-\

Definition of February

plural

Februaries

or

Februarys

  1. :  the second month of the Gregorian calendar

How do you pronounce february?

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.

Origin and Etymology of february

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

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FEBRUARY Defined for English Language Learners

February

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Definition of February for English Language Learners

  • : the second month of the year



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