\ ˈmən(t)th How to pronounce month (audio) \
plural months\ ˈmən(t)s How to pronounce month (audio) , ˈmən(t)ths \

Definition of month

1 : a measure of time corresponding nearly to the period of the moon's revolution and amounting to approximately 4 weeks or 30 days or ¹/₁₂ of a year
2 months plural : an indefinite usually extended period of time he has been gone for months
3 : one ninth of the typical duration of human pregnancy she was in her eighth month
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Examples of month in a Sentence

July is my favorite month. It was hard to keep warm in the cabin during the winter months. the merry month of May I saw her last month and I'll see her again next month. The price sometimes changes dramatically from one month to the next. He was gone for a month. She was back to work a month after the accident. He's been gone for months. I haven't talked to her in months.
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Recent Examples on the Web Per Page Six, the mountainside mansion rents for nearly $500 million per month. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Filmed Stormi Snowboarding, and, Yup, She's Ready for the Olympics," 4 Jan. 2021 The Trump administration does not have to provide an additional $60 per month in food stamp benefits to poor Californians who now receive the maximum nationwide amount under the nutrition program, a divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Bob Egelko,, "Trump administration can limit food stamp money to poorest Californians, court rules," 31 Dec. 2020 Most utilities do not charge such a fee, or charge a much lower fee than the $25 per month Alabama Power charges its customers for having an average rooftop solar array. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Biggest environmental stories of 2020 in Alabama," 31 Dec. 2020 The average person uses anywhere from 400 to 800 gigabytes per month, said Dan Rayburn, principal analyst of digital media for Frost & Sullivan, a consulting firm. Ben Leonard,, "Comcast’s Xfinity to add fees for customers not on an unlimited data plan starting in January," 31 Dec. 2020 Since 2015, the county has averaged nearly 14 deaths by suicide per month. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "Coping through COVID: Mental health officials in Cuyahoga County worry as pandemic heightens attempted suicides, offers resources to the community," 29 Dec. 2020 Bowie, Foster Wallace, Hyde Pierce, Lynch, Wojnarowicz (five dollars per month). Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Is Substack the Media Future We Want?," 28 Dec. 2020 For one, other countries are not providing every one of their citizens thousands of dollars per month, as a graphic shared by actress Alyssa Milano suggests. Andrew Wilford, National Review, "There’s More to the COVID-Relief Bill than ‘Just’ $600 Checks," 28 Dec. 2020 Comcast voluntarily extended a program called Internet Essentials (originally a requirement from a merger agreement) to offer some access for just $10 per month. Washington Post, "In 2020, we reached peak Internet. Here’s what worked — and what flopped.," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of month

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for month

Middle English, from Old English mōnath; akin to Old High German mānōd month, Old English mōna moon

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

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of month

: any one of the 12 parts into which the year is divided
: a period of time that lasts about four weeks or 30 days
: a long period of time that is less than a year


\ ˈmənth How to pronounce month (audio) \

Kids Definition of month

: one of the twelve parts into which the year is divided

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