July

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noun Ju·ly \ ju̇-ˈlī , jə- \

Definition of July

:the seventh month of the Gregorian calendar

Origin and Etymology of july

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


JULY Defined for English Language Learners

July

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Definition of July for English Language Learners

  • : the seventh month of the year


JULY Defined for Kids

July

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noun Ju·ly \ ju̇-ˈlī \

Definition of July for Students

:the seventh month of the year

History for july

In the earliest Roman calendar the year began with March, and the fifth month was the one we now call July. The original name of this month in Latin was in fact Quintilis, from the word quintus, “fifth.” After the death of the statesman Julius Caesar, who was born in this month, the Romans renamed it Julius in his honor. English July comes ultimately from Latin Julius.



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