august

adjective
au·​gust | \ȯ-ˈgəst, ˈȯ-(ˌ)gəst \

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 \

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, ˈȯ-​(ˌ)gəs(t)-​ \ noun

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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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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 Come for the novel's august reputation, but stay for the prose—this is Fitzgerald at his lyrical best. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Preppy College Reading List," 3 Oct. 2014 He would be appalled at what that august institution has since become. WSJ, "What Would Old George Mason Say and Do?," 20 May 2018 Beyond that, no one alive has ever seen this particular treasure outside the confines of the august American Philosophical Society on South Fifth Street. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Rare version of the Declaration of Independence on display at the Museum of the American Revolution just in time for July 4th," 26 June 2018 This august museum is a collection of grand spaces, intimate nooks and unconventional, astute exhibition strategies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 The action opens the door for the OAS General Assembly, at a later date, to hold a vote to suspend Venezuela from the august organization, which includes every country in the Americas but Cuba. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Organization of American States paves way for possible Venezuela expulsion," 5 June 2018 After a stint in the Army, Mr. Mayer got job offers on the same day from the august Alfred A. Knopf publishing house and tiny Orion Press. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Mayer Revived Penguin Books by Giving Readers What They Wanted," 25 May 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)

: 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 \

Kids Definition of august

: being grand and noble : majestic an august university

August

noun
Au·​gust | \ˈȯ-gəst \

Kids Definition of August

: the eighth month of the year

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