: the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French Juin, from Latin Junius

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of June was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“June.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/June. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the sixth month of the year

from Latin Junius, probably from Junius, name of a family group, or from Juno, a Roman goddess

Word Origin
The English word June comes from the Latin Junius, the name given to the first month of summer by the ancient Romans. It isn't known for certain why the Romans named it as they did. Junius was also the name of a large Roman family group, and maybe the month was named in honor of the family. Or perhaps it was named for the Roman goddess Juno.

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