Origin of august
OTHER WORDS FROM augustau·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun
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Origin of August
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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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How is August used in real life?
The month of August is known for its patriotic holidays in several countries.
56 years ago Wednesday, 15 August John Paul and George invited me to become part of the Beatles it was a great day for me peace and love. 😎✌️🌟💖🤓😏🤨
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 15, 2018
Eclipse begins on August 21, 2017
09:06:43 AM (PDT) / Madras, OR
— EXO (@weareoneEXO) August 21, 2017
We will be rockin in Central Park NY on the 21st of August!!! On Good
Morning America, come one come all! LETS MAKE SOME MAHEM
— 5 Seconds of Summer (@5SOS) August 1, 2015
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True or False?
The month of August is named after the Roman leader Augustus Caesar.
How to use august in a sentence
From 30,000 feet, the presidential race looks much as it did when we first launched our presidential election forecast in August.Election Update: Where Biden And Trump Have Gained The Most Ground|Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com)|September 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Sinopharm’s CEO Liu Jingzhen claimed in August that its candidate may reach market by December.China’s controversial emergency-use program for COVID vaccines is going global|Grady McGregor|September 16, 2020|Fortune
An August meeting, conducted through a secure, virtual video conferencing platform, was scheduled to last for two hours, according to an invitation.No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials|by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
In August, IBM released a 32-qubit quantum processor with a quantum volume of 64, matching Honeywell.IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2023|rhhackettfortune|September 15, 2020|Fortune
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.China retail sales are finally growing—but remain the ‘weakest link’ in China’s recovery|Naomi Xu Elegant|September 15, 2020|Fortune
They prevailed last August, obtaining—follow me here—an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of those provisions.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That year, on August 10, the first woman stepped in for a pint.The Bars That Made America Great|Nina Strochlic|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In August 2013, his mother had warned police that Brice was being radicalized and influencing Bertrand.France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks|Christopher Dickey|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Brinsley went away for two years in prison for weapons possession in August 2011.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nobody bothered to tell Mister Ham about it until the following August.The Stacks: Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity|Paul Hemphill|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in August, 1805, the approaching war with Austria caused the Emperor to summon his most brilliant cavalry leader to his side.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
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.