\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web And that’s considering the gas tax holiday that costs the state about $30 million per month in revenue. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 29 Sep. 2022 Recorded and broadcast live once per month in the backcountry of Sonoma Mountain, the two Golden State chroniclers cover topics ranging from California ecology to historic policy to Indigenous wisdom. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 The drop in Medicare premiums will lower the typical Part B premium by $5.20 a month, trimming the standard monthly premium to $164.90, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said on Tuesday. CBS News, 28 Sep. 2022 However, money market accounts are typically still limited to six withdrawals per month, and aren’t intended to be used as a replacement for a checking account. Nicole Dieker, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2022 It is now estimated that inflation is costing Americans an additional $600 per month as the cost of groceries, energy, cars, and more have increased. Tara Kavaler, The Arizona Republic, 28 Sep. 2022 Panera currently sells a beverage subscription program for $10.99 per month. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 Residents’ rates will go up 5% each year, increasing from the $22.09 per month to $23.20 in the first year, to $24.36 monthly in the second year and $25.58 in the third. Kimberly Fornek, Chicago Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 The median home value in Minneapolis is over $335,000, and the average rent for a one-bedroom is more than $1,550 per month. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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