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[ok-toh-ber] /ɒkˈtoʊ bər/
the tenth month of the year, containing 31 days.
Abbreviation: Oct.
British. ale or beer traditionally brewed in this month.
Origin of October
before 1050; Middle English, Old English < Latin Octōber the eighth month of the early Roman year, equivalent to octō- octo- + -ber, on the model of September, November, December; see December Unabridged
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  • The message to Congress, of October 27, contained no specific recommendation.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • They promised to stay till October, too; and we are only half through August yet.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Miss Davis will show you the ropes before she leaves on the first of October.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • She changed the date and put it back from November to October.

  • An excellent German culinary apple, of first-rate quality; it is in use from October till November.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
British Dictionary definitions for October


the tenth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin, from octo eight, since it was the eighth month in Roman reckoning
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Word Origin and History for October

c.1050, from Latin October (mensis), from octo "eight," from PIE root *octo(u)- "eight" (see eight). Eighth month of the old Roman calendar (pre-46 B.C.E.), which began the year in March. For -ber see December. Replaced Old English winterfylleð. In Russian history, October Revolution (in which the Bolsheviks overthrew the Provisional Government) happened Nov. 7, but because Russia had not at that time adpoted the Gregorian calendar reform, this date was reckoned there (Old Style) as Oct. 25.

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