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  1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
  2. 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
Related formsau·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for augustly

Historical Examples

  • "You may be augustly sure he is not," chuckled the cruel Mata.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • In the Capitol he throned so augustly that we swear by him still.

  • "If the legislature does its part, I will do mine," responded Lyons, augustly.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant

  • To me it soon grew to be so nobly, so augustly ugly, that it was difficult to stay away from it, even for a little while.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Augustly enter the world of the venerable dead again, luscious one, your honorable father looks this way.

    Six One-Act Plays

    Margaret Scott Oliver

British Dictionary definitions for augustly


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

Word Origin

C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase


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

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



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).

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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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