august

[ aw-guhst ]
/ ɔˈgʌst /

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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decorum

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
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British Dictionary definitions for augustness (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 augustness (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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