\ ˈmən(t)th How to pronounce month (audio) \
plural months\ ˈmən(t)s How to pronounce month (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 However, some people, mostly old-timers, get their check on the third of each month. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "The age-old rules: Facts about Social Security checks everyone should know," 25 Apr. 2021 The address on its website belongs to Anytime Mailbox, which charges $9.99 per month to create the appearance of an office, accepting mail on someone’s behalf and then scanning and emailing it to the client. New York Times, "The Slander Industry," 24 Apr. 2021 Rents have not yet been set but rates will be $150 to $400 less per month than typical apartments around the Pearl, Feik said. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "Apartments will be part of bigger Government Hill development," 23 Apr. 2021 Eligible customers in the Republic of Ireland will be offered a coupon for a free box of pads or tampons each month — starting May 3 — through the Lidl Plus app. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Lidl Ireland becomes first major retailer to offer free period products," 20 Apr. 2021 Abbott makes tens of millions of BinaxNOW tests each month and can expand capacity as demand requires. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "No-prescription, rapid COVID-19 home tests to be sold at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart beginning this week," 20 Apr. 2021 This was especially so for bicycle couriers, who brought in an average of just €923 each month. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, "Gig Workers In Times Of Covid," 20 Apr. 2021 The investor checks out a few hundred startups each month on average. Saritha Rai, Fortune, "India minted 6 new unicorns in 4 days," 12 Apr. 2021 The Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 chart ranks the artists who are seeing the greatest gains each month in audio streams. Emily Blake, Rolling Stone, "Masked Wolf, Coi Leray Lead Breakthrough 25 Chart," 7 Apr. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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