month

noun \ ˈmən(t)th \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of month

plural months play \ˈmən(t)s, ˈmən(t)ths\
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

Examples of month in a Sentence

  1. July is my favorite month.

  2. It was hard to keep warm in the cabin during the winter months.

  3. the merry month of May

  4. I saw her last month and I'll see her again next month.

  5. The price sometimes changes dramatically from one month to the next.

  6. He was gone for a month.

  7. She was back to work a month after the accident.

  8. He's been gone for months.

  9. I haven't talked to her in months.

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Origin and Etymology of month

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

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MONTH Defined for English Language Learners

month

noun

Definition of month for English Language Learners

  • : any one of the 12 parts into which the year is divided

  • : a period of time that lasts about four weeks or 30 days

  • months : a long period of time that is less than a year


MONTH Defined for Kids

month

noun \ ˈmənth \

Definition of month for Students

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

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