\ 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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For months, the Giants appeared destined to control the July 31 trade deadline by sending out their most valuable assets in return for the top prospects belonging to contending clubs. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants complete stunning sweep at Coors, control their own destiny before trade deadline," 17 July 2019 CBS News campaign reporter Alex Tin says though an overwhelming majority of Democrats have long viewed her favorably, for months Harris had trailed competitors in the state that also elected her attorney general. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: 20 Democrats make the cut for second debate," 17 July 2019 Health officials and aid organizations have dreaded Ebola's arrival in Goma for months, and have been working to prepare for the eventuality -- which is partly why the case was immediately caught and isolated. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says," 17 July 2019 That includes most of the thousands of migrants who have been waiting to cross into the U.S. in Tijuana for as many as six months. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asylum seekers continue to wait in Tijuana, despite Trump’s new rules," 16 July 2019 Too often, standards of care have been ignored, and children have languished in warehouse-like situations for months without being put into a sponsor’s care. Anthony Man,, "Congressional delegation plans oversight visit to Homestead shelter for migrant children," 15 July 2019 Last year, one tweet with false information went viral, traumatizing a Boston immigrant community for months, according to immigration lawyer Matt Cameron, who tweeted about the incident. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "The best ways to help immigrants in the US caught up in ICE raids," 12 July 2019 Discovery in the case dragged on for months and in March, judge Robert W. Sweet who had been overseeing the case, died at age 96 after 41 on the bench in the Southern District of New York. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "With Festival In Jeopardy, Woodstock Ventures Tries to Resolve Cannabis Case," 12 July 2019 Johnson’s team may have been cozying up to the White House for months, but there comes a time when national sovereignty should take precedence. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Boris Johnson Failed to Defend Britain’s Ambassador — and British Sovereignty," 11 July 2019

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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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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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