Ju·​ly ju̇-ˈlī How to pronounce July (audio)
: the seventh month of the Gregorian calendar

Examples of July in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pinto’s emergency legislation in July created a presumption that adults charged with violent or dangerous offenses be held in jail before trial — something council member Janeese Lewis George (D-Ward 4) unsuccessfully sought to strike from the bill. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 In 2020, Polanco opened up to Parents Latina for their June/July cover story about being a young, single mom. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 Bullock, the first woman in the role, was appointed governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in July, taking over from Philip Lowe, who stepped down after completing a seven-year term that was, unusually, not extended. Michelle Toh, CNN, 18 Sep. 2023 This past July, 71-year-old Eddie Pitts, convicted in a fatal 1976 stabbing of a Peoples Gas employee, was denied parole in a 10-1 decision after being denied release 5-3 last year. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 But that deal imploded during a July court hearing, and he was indicted days ago on federal firearms charges. Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2023 The Angels center fielder fractured his left hamate bone in a game on July 3, had surgery and returned on Aug. 22. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 But the plea deal came apart at the last minute, during a court hearing in July. Michael S. Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 There were no suspects to the theft and no witnesses Falsification: Mayfield Road The city prosecutor informed police Sept. 12 that a woman had used her sister’s identity when cited during a traffic stop in July. cleveland, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English Julie, from Old English Julius, from Latin, from Gaius Julius Caesar

First Known Use

circa 1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of July was circa 1599

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“July.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/July. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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Ju·​ly ju̇-ˈlī How to pronounce July (audio)
: the seventh month of the year

Old English Julius "July," from Latin Julius "the fifth month of the old Roman calendar," named for Gaius Julius Caesar 100–44 b.c.

Word Origin
The first ancient Roman calendar began the year with March. The original name of the fifth month of the year was Quintilis, a Latin word meaning "fifth." In order to honor the statesman Gaius Julius Caesar, however, the Roman senate changed Quintilis to Julius. The name Julius was borrowed into Old English and eventually became Modern English July.

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