\ 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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Sign up to get more from The Economist Get 5 free articles per month, daily newsletters and more. The Economist, "KAL’s cartoon," 17 Aug. 2019 This year has seen nearly 40 energy bankruptcies thus far with more on the way in the weeks and months to come. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Energy bankruptcies back on the rise in 2019," 15 Aug. 2019 All the teens and young adults have reported vaping nicotine or THC, or both, for weeks or months before becoming ill. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I don't want somebody else's son to end up like this': Family of Burlington man hospitalized with lung injuries warns of vaping dangers," 14 Aug. 2019 One high-ranking official insisted the government will study Trump’s language in the weeks and months to come as the 2020 election nears. Dallas News, "Americans in Mexico watch uneasily as anti-Mexican rhetoric shows its face in the U.S.," 13 Aug. 2019 Community members can support those who are grieving by continuing to check in with them in the weeks and months after the loss, listening but not forcing conversation about their loss. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Camp helps kids who have experienced loss to grieve, heal," 13 Aug. 2019 Inmates may spend days, weeks or even months in solitary for offenses that range from disorderly conduct to homicide. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "These Minnesota prisons isolated inmates the most last year," 10 Aug. 2019 Analysts on the conference call Thursday asked about a $3 per month average rate increase APS expected would be in place by earlier this year. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Cool weather cuts into APS' profits in 2nd quarter of 2019, erasing 1st-quarter gains," 8 Aug. 2019 Google isn’t the only company offering a deal for students: Amazon just announced Prime Student members can now get Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 per month, too. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Google is giving students three months of YouTube Premium for free," 8 Aug. 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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