- the second month of the year, ordinarily containing 28 days, but containing 29 days in leap years. Abbreviation: Feb.
Origin of February
Examples from the Web for february
In February, Slovakia will have a referendum on whether marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
And back in February, he lost a close pal in Philip Seymour Hoffman.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
Political tensions are underlying every move in Nigeria, where, in February, the next presidential candidates will be nominated.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
Instead, it would set the stage for a massive showdown in February, when Republicans would control both the House and the Senate.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
I was released in February 2014 without meeting death, but I watched him pass often enough.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.
It was in February, 1855, that Mr. Gladstone resigned his seat in the Cabinet.
That was the beginning of her illness, February, eighteen eighty-three.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
It is observed in the month Adar, which corresponds with our February and March.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Nelson himself, at the beginning of February, sailed for that island.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
- the second month of the year, consisting of 28 or (in a leap year) 29 days
Word Origin and History for february
late 14c., from Latin februarius mensis "month of purification," from februa "purifications, expiatory rites" (plural of februum), of unknown origin, said to be a Sabine word. The last month of the ancient (pre-450 B.C.E.) Roman calendar, so named in reference to the Roman feast of purification, held on the ides of the month. In Britain, replaced Old English solmonað "mud month." English first (c.1200) borrowed it from Old French Feverier, which yielded feoverel before a respelling to conform to Latin.