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

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 decem ten + *-membri- < mens- month + -ri- suffix (with -sr- > -br- and assimilation of nasal) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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