Definition of august
- her august lineage
- an august mansion
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We visited their august mansion and expansive grounds.
The family claims an august lineage.
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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.
First Known Use: 1581See Words from the same year
We are taking our vacation in August.
The last two Augusts have been very dry.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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