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  1. the fourth month of the year, containing 30 days. Abbreviation: Apr.
  2. a female given name.

Origin of April

before 1150; Middle English < Latin Aprīlis (adj., as modifying mēnsis month), probably based on Etruscan apru Aphrodite < Greek Aphrodítē; replacing Middle English Averil (< Old French avril < L), in its turn replacing late Old English aprilis (< L)
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  • Consolidated is no now, and it'll be up to 150 by April at the latest.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The last ever heard of him was a letter, dated the 3rd of April, 1848.

  • The budget of the session of 1882 was presented by Mr. Gladstone April 24th.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The debate began April 12th, and continued for eight nights.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In April, 1870, a party of English travelers in Greece were seized by brigands.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for april


  1. the fourth month of the year, consisting of 30 days

Word Origin

C14: from Latin Aprīlis, probably of Etruscan origin
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Word Origin and History for april


c.1300, aueril, from Old French avril (11c.), from Latin (mensis) Aprilis "(month) of Venus," second month of the ancient Roman calendar, dedicated to the goddess Venus and perhaps based on Apru, an Etruscan borrowing of Greek Aphrodite. In English in Latin form from mid-12c. Replaced Old English Eastermonað, which was similarly named for a fertility goddess. Re-spelled in Middle English on Latin model (apprile first attested late 14c.).

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