April

[ ey-pruh l ]
/ ˈeɪ prəl /
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noun

the fourth month of the year, containing 30 days. Abbreviation: Apr.
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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April

/ (ˈeɪprəl) /

noun

the fourth month of the year, consisting of 30 days

Word Origin for April

C14: from Latin Aprīlis, probably of Etruscan origin

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Word Origin and History for april

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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