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


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

Definition of August (Entry 2 of 2)

: the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar

Other Words from august


augustly adverb
augustness \ ȯ-​ˈgəs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce August (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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First Known Use of august


1581, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for august


Latin augustus; akin to Latin augur


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

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

Kids Definition of august

: being grand and noble


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

Kids Definition of August

: the eighth month of the year

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