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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Most were faculty, august scholars and artists, but W, a singer with a staff job, was also part of the circle. Longreads, "Jersey Girl," 2 Jan. 2020 Well, that’s thanks to the august ladies who helm the San Francisco Cotillion Club Committee — and everyone minds their social p’s and q’s when these former debutantes are on the dais. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "2019 Cotillion Debutante Ball in San Francisco rolls out tradition with satin and lace," 31 Dec. 2019 And if Mack is determined to use a nine or 10-man rotation against the august competition of the Atlantic Coast Conference, better to see how his players function in stressful situations than when limited to the last minutes of lopsided games. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack committed to wielding depth as a weapon," 25 Nov. 2019 Kano, the British rapper, ended a national tour last month with an unusual home-town performance: appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, an august venue better known for presenting classical music than for hosting grime artists. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Kano’s Second Act," 18 Nov. 2019 The Senate session was not like the typical ones that get public attention where all 33 senators sit in their august chamber and debate one another. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers called lawmakers in Thursday to act on guns. GOP leaders rejected it within seconds.," 7 Nov. 2019 And plenty of readers are still here, too, even in a brutal publishing climate that has forced august women’s titles like Glamour, Seventeen, Self, and Redbook to retreat from print for the web. Alex Williams, New York Times, "As Men Are Canceled, So Too Their Magazine Subscriptions," 2 Nov. 2019 While an august way to showcase towering portions of beef, when the cart comes rumbling toward your table, most of the sides also come with it. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "What happened to side dishes? Invisible at trendy restaurants, they’re still going strong at Chicago’s steakhouses," 31 Oct. 2019 The Supreme Court—formerly an august, quiet part of the constitution—has crashed the main stage of British politics. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Supreme Court Calamity," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of august was before the 12th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“August.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/august. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for august

august

adjective
How to pronounce August (audio) How to pronounce August (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of august

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : having a formal and impressive quality

August

noun
How to pronounce August (audio)

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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