\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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Delivery of the Model 3 Performance is expected in two to four months. David R. Baker,, "Tesla lets more people order Model 3s, faster," 10 July 2018 This is the second trip the royal family is making to Ireland in less than two months. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Chose an Appropriately Green Ensemble for Her Official Visit to Ireland," 10 July 2018 The trade spat will also reverse some of the gains that the Trump administration has negotiated with China in past months — including China’s agreement to cut its 25 percent tariff on cars to 15 percent beginning July 1. New York Times,, "Trade war with China looms as midnight tariff deadline approaches," 6 July 2018 Yes, Lyme is most common in spring and summer months — the highest number of cases usually occur from May to September. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Ask the expert: With Lyme disease on the rise, here's how you can protect yourself," 3 July 2018 Alas, his resignation is likely to bring out a lot of political nastiness on both sides in the months ahead. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, "What Justice Kennedy's Legacy Could Mean for the Future of the Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 The rocket landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships after take off, and the company was able to make the vehicle flight-ready again in just two and a half months. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX is sending an AI robot ‘crew member’ to join the astronauts on the space station," 28 June 2018 Orlando City’s supporters – a rowdy bunch even during losses – were easily at their loudest in months after Dwyer’s goal. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City earns 2-1 win over Toronto FC, snaps nine-match MLS losing skid," 14 July 2018 Child abuse by the Harts was reported to local police in Minnesota months before the adoption of Devonte, Jeremiah and Ciera was finalized. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 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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