\ 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 Each month centers on a different region, cuisine style, or cultural cornerstone. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 27 Nov. 2021 Hundreds of thousands of boxes are lifted from ships each month, delivered to warehouses and their contents emptied. Paul Berger, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2021 In recent monthly meetings, OPEC Plus has stuck with plans to increase production by a relatively modest 400,000 barrels a day each month. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 That audience is already substantial: In September, TikTok announced that 1 billion people use the app each month. Chris Morris, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 Small San Diego businesses Infinium and Kuro Oncology give employees $50 and $75 each month, respectively, for wellness expenses. Hang Nguyen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 This is one of those occasions when spending a little bit of money each month can pay off later. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 The Sustainability Office said outside of the fall, that yard waste is considered a heavy trash item, so folks can utilize their heavy trash day each month for that. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2021 Nirvana Digital serves over 20 billion minutes of video each month and has a subscriber base north of 200 million. Ej Panaligan, Billboard, 11 Nov. 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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30 Nov 2021

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“Month.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 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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