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august

1

[ aw-guhst ]

adjective

  1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic:

    an august performance of a religious drama.

  2. an august personage.



August

2

[ aw-guhst ]

noun

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

August

1

/ ˈɔːɡəst /

noun

  1. the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days


august

2

/ ɔːˈɡʌst /

adjective

  1. dignified or imposing

    an august presence

  2. of noble birth or high rank

    an august lineage

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Derived Forms

  • auˈgustness, noun
  • auˈgustly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • au·gustly adverb
  • au·gustness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of august1

First recorded in 1590–1600; from French, Middle French auguste, from Latin augustus “sacred, grand,” akin to augēre “to increase” and augur 1( def ); eke 1

Origin of august2

before 1100; Middle English < Latin Augustus (named after Augustus. ); replacing Old English Agustus < Latin, as above
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Word History and Origins

Origin of august1

Old English, from Latin, named after the emperor Augustus

Origin of august2

C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase
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Example Sentences

From 30,000 feet, the presidential race looks much as it did when we first launched our presidential election forecast in August.

Sinopharm’s CEO Liu Jingzhen claimed in August that its candidate may reach market by December.

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An August meeting, conducted through a secure, virtual video conferencing platform, was scheduled to last for two hours, according to an invitation.

In August, IBM released a 32-qubit quantum processor with a quantum volume of 64, matching Honeywell.

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Retail sales in China grew in August for the first time since the outset of the pandemic at the start of 2020, heralding China’s continued economic recovery following the coronavirus-sparked slowdown.

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They prevailed last August, obtaining—follow me here—an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of those provisions.

That year, on August 10, the first woman stepped in for a pint.

In August 2013, his mother had warned police that Brice was being radicalized and influencing Bertrand.

But Brinsley went away for two years in prison for weapons possession in August 2011.

Nobody bothered to tell Mister Ham about it until the following August.

But in August, 1805, the approaching war with Austria caused the Emperor to summon his most brilliant cavalry leader to his side.

Her Majesty passed through the town on the 30th of August, 1852, when an address was presented to her.

The operations under the scheme began in August, 1878, when the houses in New Street were pulled down.

On the 6th of August we beheld, for the first time, flying fish, but at such a distance that we could scarcely distinguish them.

On the 7th of August we neared the Canary Isles, but unfortunately, on account of the thick fog, we could not see them.

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More About August

What is August?

August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It has 31 days and is between July and September.

In the Northern Hemisphere August is known as a middle month of the summer season. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is a middle month of the winter season.

Among the holidays that happen in August are several independence days. August 1 is Benin’s and Switzterland’s, August 13 is the Central African Republic’s, and August 24 is Ukraine’s, to name just a few.

As an adjective, august describes something or someone who is majestic or who inspires admiration, as in Playing the part of the queen, Pramila wore an august crown that could be seen from the back row.

Example: I get the back-to-school blues as soon as August begins.

Where does August come from?

The first records of the word August referring to the month come from before 1100. It ultimately comes from the Latin mēnsis Augustus, meaning “Augustus’s month,” referring to Augustus Caesar.

The Roman calendar consisted of 10 months. When Julius Caesar took control of Rome, he changed the length of some months and added new ones because January was falling in autumn due to the calendar’s inaccuracies. He added Quintilis, later to become July (named after Julius), and Sextilis, which would later become August (named after Augustus Caesar). Our Gregorian calendar is based on this Julius calendar.

Much like April, May, and June, August is a common given name. It is typically a man’s first name.

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What are some other forms related to August?

  • Aug. (abbreviation)
  • augustly (adverb)
  • augustness (noun)

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How is August used in real life?

The month of August is known for its patriotic holidays in several countries.

 

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True or False? 

The month of August is named after the Roman leader Augustus Caesar.

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