\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The package provides for two weeks of paid sick leave for workers and up to three months of paid leave for those affected by the virus. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 14-15," 24 Apr. 2020 The Trump administration, unlike governments in many other wealthy countries, waited months to develop a centralized, coordinated strategy to secure protective equipment from China, the leading manufacturer. Sam Schulz, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: The $13 N95 mask," 23 Apr. 2020 Patients could stay on the ECMO for long periods — weeks or even months — without damaging blood and tissue. Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press, "40-year-old technology may be the last chance for some COVID-19 patients," 23 Apr. 2020 But, what happens when water sits for weeks or months? There are no long-term studies of the risks and only minimal guidance to help building owners prepare their water for use again after a long shutdown. Andrew J. Whelton, The Conversation, "The coronavirus pandemic might make buildings sick, too," 21 Apr. 2020 For much of the world, the coming weeks and months (if not years) will be dedicated to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Indians Aren't Buying China's Face-Mask Diplomacy," 21 Apr. 2020 Instead, the company waited more than three months until a third researcher independently uncovered and publicized a separate, less serious issue, with the same underlying cause. Nicole Perlroth,, "Zoom’s security woes were no secret to business partners like Dropbox," 20 Apr. 2020 Instead, the company waited more than three months until a third researcher independently uncovered and publicized a separate, less serious issue, with the same underlying cause. New York Times, "Zoom’s Security Woes Were No Secret to Business Partners Like Dropbox," 20 Apr. 2020 Look for more official news to come from Nissan in the coming weeks and months as the company prepares to launch this new version of its most popular nameplate in the U.S. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "New 2021 Nissan Rogue Leaks Early, Will Go on Sale Later This Year," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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