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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about February

Statistics for February

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for February

The first known use of February was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for February



English Language Learners Definition of February

: the second month of the year


Feb·ru·ary | \ˈfe-byə-ˌwer-ē, ˈfe-brə-, ˈfe-bə-\

Kids Definition of February

: the second month of the year

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on February

What made you want to look up February? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!