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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

First recorded in 1590–1600; from French, Middle French auguste, from Latin augustus “sacred, grand,” akin to augēre “to increase” and augur1; see also eke1


au·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun

Other definitions for august (2 of 2)

[ aw-guhst ]
/ ˈɔ gəst /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for august (1 of 2)

/ (ɔːˈɡʌst) /

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)

/ (ˈɔːɡəst) /

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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