\ˈmən(t)th \
plural months\ˈmən(t)s, 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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The relatively low-key ceremony comes after months of high-stakes negotiations over USMCA, or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US, Canada, Mexico sign NAFTA replacement at G20," 30 Nov. 2018 After six and a half months of traveling through space, InSight hit the top of Mars’ atmosphere a little before 3PM ET. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s InSight successfully lands on Mars after ‘seven minutes of terror’," 26 Nov. 2018 On the other hand, discussions that Bell might be leaving had been going around the media industry for months. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The exec who built Snapchat Discover is leaving the company," 12 Nov. 2018 Kim’s apparent olive branch to South Korea and the U.S. comes after months of mounting sanctions against the volatile regime. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Trump warns 'world is watching' after North Korea says it's willing to give up nuclear weapons," 2 Oct. 2018 After months of prep work, Jo and her visual team had a two-day window to bring the Fall 2018 issue to life in the store. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You’ve Got To See How Joanna Gaines Plans Magnolia’s Fall Displays," 29 Aug. 2018 In 2017, Black Friday weekend represented less than 14 percent of the month’s sales. Matt Jones, The Seattle Times, "Edmunds: Black Friday isn’t what it used to be in car sales," 14 Nov. 2018 Zach Gibson/Getty Images Sessions reshaped the DOJ, and the Trump administration, in his image None of this was the work of someone content to grab a few headlines every couple of months by giving a red-meat speech about lawless immigrants. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted," 7 Nov. 2018 The year flew by quickly and November is shaping up to be one of the most impactful months of 2018 — especially for you, Gemini darling. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018

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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

months : 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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