Origin of December
Examples from the Web for december
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In December, he did his first trunk shows in Paris and New York.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Back in December, and just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling revealed via Twitter that there were Jewish wizards at Hogwarts.
This article is adapted from one by Masud Moheb originally published by IranWire on 26 December 2014.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was killed by his captors during the U.S. rescue attempt in Yemen in December.
Shortly after this we received a route for Ireland, and marched on the 5th December.Narrative of the Life and Travels of Serjeant B——|Robert Butler
On December 21 the load on the sledge was stripped down to tent, dip-circle, theodolite, cooker and a little food.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
But December rain has a strange, horrid quality of chilly persistence.Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days|Arnold Bennett
Lebrun's missives of 20th December bore fruit seven days later in Chauvelin's despatch to Grenville.William Pitt and the Great War|John Holland Rose
Fresh parties joined the main body continually, until by December there could not have been less than a thousand.Nature Near London|Richard Jefferies
Word Origin for December
c.1000, from Old French decembre, from Latin December, from decem "ten" (see ten); tenth month of the old Roman calendar, which began with March.
The -ber in four Latin month names is probably from -bris, an adjectival suffix. Tucker thinks that the first five months were named for their positions in the agricultural cycle, and "after the gathering in of the crops, the months were merely numbered."
If the word contains an element related to mensis, we must assume a *decemo-membris (from *-mensris). October must then be by analogy from a false division Sep-tem-ber &c. Perhaps, however, from *de-cem(o)-mr-is, i.e. "forming the tenth part or division," from *mer- ..., while October = *octuo-mr-is. [T.G. Tucker, "Etymological Dictionary of Latin"]