plural months ˈmən(t)s How to pronounce month (audio)
: 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
months plural : an indefinite usually extended period of time
he has been gone for months
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The 26-year-old Arizona woman faces up to 18 months in prison for her role in the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the low-budget Western. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 Once implemented and combined with another EPA rule issued last month restricting ethylene oxide emissions from commercial sterilization facilities, the new rule will reduce ethylene oxide and chloroprene emissions by nearly 80%, according to the agency. USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg was sentenced Wednesday to five months in jail for lying under oath during his testimony in former President Donald Trump's civil fraud trial and during the investigation that preceded it. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 10 Apr. 2024 Last month, Japan brought an end to its era of negative interest rates with its first rate hike in 17 years, marking a historic shift away from an aggressive monetary easing program that was implemented years ago to fight chronic deflation. — CNN’s Mayumi Maruyama contributed reporting. Junko Ogura, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 The crash of the Dali container ship into the Francis Scott Key Bridge last month killed six workers and demolished the structure. Federica Cocco, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 The International Labor Organization, a U.N. agency focused on improving labor standards around the world, estimated last month that some 507,000 jobs have been lost in the West Bank and Gaza as of the end of January. Jaclyn Diaz, NPR, 10 Apr. 2024 The important thing is to do something, such as saving an extra $100 a month, tackling student-loan debt, or taking on a side hustle to boost your savings. Carolina Pichardo, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 The streamer was quick to order a renewal the next month, with the star taking the stage at the company’s Tudum event to announce a second season. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural months ˈmən(t)s How to pronounce month (audio)
: one of the 12 parts into which the year is divided

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