august

adjective
au·​gust | \ ȯ-ˈgəst How to pronounce august (audio) , ˈȯ-(ˌ)gəst How to pronounce august (audio) \

Definition of august

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by majestic dignity or grandeur her august lineage an august mansion

August

noun
Au·​gust | \ ˈȯ-gəst How to pronounce August (audio) \

Definition of August (Entry 2 of 2)

: the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar

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Other Words from august

Adjective

augustly adverb
augustness \ ȯ-​ˈgəs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce augustness (audio) , ˈȯ-​(ˌ)gəs(t)-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for august

Synonyms: Adjective

dignified, distingué, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, stately

Antonyms: Adjective

flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, silly, undignified

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August comes from the Latin word augustus, meaning "consecrated" or "venerable," which in turn is related to the Latin augur, meaning "consecrated by augury or "auspicious." In 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, by changing the name of their month "Sextilis" to "Augustus." Middle English speakers inherited the name of the month of August, but it wasn't until the mid-1600s that "august" came to be used generically in English, more or less as "augustus" was in Latin, to refer to someone with imperial qualities.

Examples of august in a Sentence

Adjective

We visited their august mansion and expansive grounds. The family claims an august lineage.

Noun

We are taking our vacation in August. The last two Augusts have been very dry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After my windshield was shattered in a Princeton hailstorm, I was led to a shop in a less august town, where, with the coordination of surgeons, young men my age replaced the curving glass. Mark Helprin, National Review, "Everyday Americans: Unknown Unknowns," 22 Aug. 2019 But Leslie West staked a claim as one of the best guitarists in Woodstock's august ranks, raising Mountain's stock exponentially. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Woodstock at 50: The 12 Best Performances From the 1969 Festival," 14 Aug. 2019 Yet Abernathy stepped up to helm the august organization. New York Times, "For the Poor People’s Campaign, the Moonshot Was Less Than a Triumph," 16 July 2019 French can take comfort in being in august company. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 One Twenty-fifth, in Harlem—and couldn’t get access to an august publication like that. The New Yorker, "Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations," 10 June 2019 Philip, too, could seem a beguiling but remote citadel: august, many-towered, lavishly defended. Benjamin Taylor, Harper's magazine, "Exit Ghost," 10 Mar. 2019 There are few biologists—and perhaps no microbiologists or cell biologists—who wouldn’t include Carl Woese in this august company. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 Harrison wants readers to imagine themselves in such august company; her adorable illustrations depict all of these figures as a little black girl, an everygirl, in a variety of costumes and backdrops. Rumaan Alam, New York Times, "Children’s Books About Black History, Heavy on Biographies," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of august

Adjective

1581, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for august

Adjective

Latin augustus; akin to Latin augur

Noun

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin Augustus, from Augustus Caesar

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august

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of august

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : having a formal and impressive quality

August

noun

English Language Learners Definition of August (Entry 2 of 2)

: the eighth month of the year

august

adjective
au·​gust | \ ȯ-ˈgəst How to pronounce august (audio) \

Kids Definition of august

: being grand and noble : majestic an august university

August

noun
Au·​gust | \ ˈȯ-gəst How to pronounce August (audio) \

Kids Definition of August

: the eighth month of the year

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