inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
venerable; eminent: an august personage.

Origin of august

1655–65; < Latin augustus sacred, grand, akin to augēre to increase. See eke1
Related formsau·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun


[aw-guh st]


the eighth month of the year, containing 31 days. Abbreviation: Aug.
a male given name, form of Augustus.

Origin of August

before 1100; Middle English < Latin Augustus (named after Augustus.); replacing Old English Agustus < Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for august

Contemporary Examples of august

Historical Examples of august

  • We have not had a drop of rain since the light shower on the 4th August.

  • It was late in August, and on the first of September Emilia was to be married.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The bill passed, and received the approval of the Queen, August 1, 1870.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • August 6, 1895, Mr. Gladstone made a great speech at Chester.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Sidney entered the hospital as a probationer early in August.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for august



dignified or imposingan august presence
of noble birth or high rankan august lineage
Derived Formsaugustly, adverbaugustness, noun

Word Origin for august

C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase



the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days

Word Origin for August

Old English, from Latin, named after the emperor Augustus
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Word Origin and History for august

1660s, from Latin augustus "venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble," probably originally "consecrated by the augurs, with favorable auguries" (see augur (n.)); or else "that which is increased" (see augment).


eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally "Venerable Caesar" (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað "weed month."

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