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December

[ dih-sem-ber ]
/ dɪˈsɛm bər /
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noun

the twelfth month of the year, containing 31 days. Abbreviation: Dec.

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Origin of December

before 1000; Middle English decembre<Old French <Latin december (stem decembr-) the tenth month of the early Roman year, apparently <*dec(em)-membri-, equivalent to decemten + *-membri-<mens- month + -ri- suffix (with -sr->-br- and assimilation of nasal)
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December
/ (dɪˈsɛmbə) /

noun

the twelfth and last month of the year, consisting of 31 days

Word Origin for December

C13: from Old French decembre, from Latin december the tenth month (the Roman year originally began with March), from decem ten
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