august

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

Definition of august

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

augustly

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augustness

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Examples of august in a Sentence

  1. We visited their august mansion and expansive grounds.

  2. The family claims an august lineage.

Recent Examples of august from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of august

Latin augustus; akin to Latin augur


August

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noun Au·gust \ ˈȯ-gəst \

Definition of August

:the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar

Examples of august in a Sentence

  1. We are taking our vacation in August.

  2. The last two Augusts have been very dry.

Origin and Etymology of august

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

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AUGUST Defined for English Language Learners

august

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Definition of august for English Language Learners

  • : having a formal and impressive quality


August

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Definition of August for English Language Learners

  • : the eighth month of the year


AUGUST Defined for Kids

august

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adjective au·gust \ ȯ-ˈgəst \

Definition of august for Students

:being grand and noble :majestic
  • an august university

August

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noun Au·gust \ ˈȯ-gəst \

Definition of August for Students

:the eighth month of the year

History for august

The first Roman calendar began the year with March. The sixth month was the one we now know as August. The first Latin name given to this month was Sextilis, derived from sextus, “sixth.” The Romans renamed the month after the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, who first took power on August 19, 43 B.C. Hence the English word August came from the emperor's Latin name, which means literally “worthy of respect.”



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