\ 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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Subscribe for $10 $4 every month (that's just $1 a week). Washington Post, "Japan export curbs take effect as SKorean officials protest," 5 July 2019 The league entered this year without a cable agreement after A+E backed out of its broadcasting agreement months before the season opener. Julia Poe And Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "ESPN, NWSL announce broadcast partnership for remainder of 2019 season," 5 July 2019 The ordinance will prevent any new business licenses for self-storage in any areas zoned M-2 or I-2 (heavy industrial) for six months with a possible extension of up to three more months. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: Moratorium, surcharge unveil intriguing battle over control of city’s growth," 4 July 2019 July is national pride month — at least on the Fourth. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Where Do You Find Gay Pride When It’s No Longer on Sale?," 4 July 2019 For at least another nine months, daily production will remain 1.2m barrels below last October’s level. The Economist, "OPEC’s predictable deal cannot hide its giant problems," 4 July 2019 The state of America’s months-long trade war with China remains in flux. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘Nothing we can do’: How a Dallas firm's time in China highlights core dispute in Trump's trade war," 3 July 2019 Based on an estimated per home usage bill, SJRA officials estimate the hike will lead to less than a $2 increase per month per household. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Impact of SJRA rate increase on Woodlands MUDs unknown," 3 July 2019 The judge then modified the sentence, capping the pay cut at two months and giving Gallagher 60 days’ credit for being held in overly harsh conditions before being tried and being deprived of treatment for a traumatic brain injury. John Antczak,, "Navy SEAL acquitted of murder, convicted for posing with victim," 3 July 2019

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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
: 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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