[ aw-guhst ]
/ ɔˈgʌst /


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

Nearby words

  1. augsburg,
  2. augsburg confession,
  3. augur,
  4. augur well for,
  5. augury,
  6. augusta,
  7. augustales,
  8. augustan,
  9. auguste,
  10. augustine

Origin of august

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

Related formsau·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for augustness


/ (ɔːˈɡʌst) /


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

Word Origin for august

C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase


/ (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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