\ ˈmən(t)th How to pronounce month (audio) \
plural months\ ˈmən(t)s How to pronounce months (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 Before the pandemic, the research team in London would see about one ADEM patient per month. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Coronavirus pandemic could cause wave of brain damage, scientists warn," 8 July 2020 Even a month of baseball would bring a little joy to this weary world. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Taxpayers helped build MLB stadiums. Time for owners to return the favor and give us games in them," 17 June 2020 Personalized birthday boxes and a popcorn-of-the-month club are other projects in the works. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "After 22 years at live events, Cactus Corn turns to online store for survival during pandemic," 16 June 2020 To test every Pennsylvanian once a month would require over 3m tests a week. The Economist, "Lexington How Pennsylvania’s governor is battling the pandemic," 11 June 2020 The free outdoor market is typically held once a month during the summer, taking over a stretch of Wisconsin Avenue downtown. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2020 NEWaukee Night Market season has been canceled in downtown Milwaukee," 8 June 2020 West Texas Intermediate just came off its best month on record. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets view America’s violent protests and declare: nothing to see here," 1 June 2020 The rulings were among several decisions issued Monday as the justices began clearing their caseload during the final—and busiest—month of their current term. Brent Kendall And Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Rules on Pension, Immigrant Deportation Cases," 1 June 2020 Still, the company is burning through around $650 million per month on operations and capital commitments. oregonlive, "Carnival to shed 13 ships but here’s when it plans to cruise again, pandemic or not," 11 July 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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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of month

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

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