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august

[ aw-guhst ]
/ ɔˈgʌst /
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adjective

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

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Origin of august

1655–65; <Latin augustus sacred, grand, akin to augēre to increase. See eke1

OTHER WORDS FROM august

au·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun

Definition for august (2 of 2)

August
[ aw-guhst ]
/ ˈɔ gəst /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for august (1 of 2)

august
/ (ɔːˈɡʌst) /

adjective

dignified or imposingan august presence
of noble birth or high rankan august lineage

Derived forms of august

augustly, adverbaugustness, noun

Word Origin for august

C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase

British Dictionary definitions for august (2 of 2)

August
/ (ˈɔːɡəst) /

noun

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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