January

noun Jan·u·ary \ ˈjan-yə-ˌwer-ē , -ˌwe-rē \

Definition of January

plural Januaries or Januarys
: the first month of the Gregorian calendar

Origin and Etymology of january

Middle English Januarie, from Latin Januarius, 1st month of the ancient Roman year, from Janus


JANUARY Defined for English Language Learners

January

noun

Definition of January for English Language Learners

  • : the first month of the year


JANUARY Defined for Kids

January

noun Jan·u·ary \ ˈjan-yə-ˌwer-ē \

Definition of January for Students

: the first month of the year

History for january

The Latin month name Januarius, from which we get the word January, was associated by the ancient Romans with their god Janus. Janus was a god of doorways and gates (in Latin, janua), and also of beginnings, so the name seems appropriate for the first month of the year. Curiously, however, the early Roman calendar began with March, not January, so the origin of the Latin name is somewhat mysterious.



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