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 For its presiding officer, Chief Justice John Roberts, the trial ought to be imagined as an earnest weighing up of truth and lies by a most august assembly. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Whatever He Wants," 30 Jan. 2020 Tut-tutting about how the president and his minions have turned an august judicial process into an over-the-top spectacle is not going to get them anywhere, especially with their otherwise reliable media allies. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Trump is getting the band back together," 17 Jan. 2020 The metropolitan elitism that looks down from the august heights of Ivy League self-esteem on the centrality of athletic programs to so many colleges is quite entrenched. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "To Understand America, Look to Its College Sports," 17 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“August.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/august?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=august01. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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