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BEHIND THE WORD
What does January mean?
January is closely associated with its position at the beginning of the year. January 1 is known as New Year’s Day due to being the first day of the year.
For many people, January is a time of making New Year’s resolutions—decisions to do something or make some change in the new year, especially to change or start some habit or behavior. For example, many people start new exercise routines or diets in January.
In the U.S., the most notable holiday in January after New Year’s Day is Martin Luther King Day, which is observed on the third Monday of the month. The inaugurations of new U.S. presidents and members of Congress are also held in January.
Example: People treat January as a time of new beginnings and life changes, but I like to remind them that they can do that during any month.
Where does January come from?
The first records of the word January come from before 1000. It comes from the Latin Jānuārius.
The month is named after Janus, the Roman god of doorways, beginnings, and the rising and setting of the sun. The name of the God comes from the Latin word jānus, meaning “doorway” or “archway.” Janus is typically depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions, one young and one old. Fittingly, January is often seen as a month of retrospection (looking back on the year that recently ended, which is sometimes personified as an old man) and new beginnings (looking forward to the new year, which is sometimes depicted as a baby).
In ancient Rome, the calendar at one time only consisted of 10 months. Eventually, two additional months—what we now call January and February—were added so that the months would fall during the same seasons each year. Both were given 28 days, but, at some point, three more days were added to January, with February still retaining 28 (except in leap years).
Discover more to the story behind the word January, by reading our article on the name’s fascinating history.
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What are some other forms related to January?
- Januaries (plural)
- Jan (abbreviation)
- Jan. (abbreviation)
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How is January used in real life?
As the first month, January is closely associated with its position at the start of the year. For that reason, it is often seen as a time of new beginnings.
January is just a giant Monday.
— 9GAG (@9GAG) January 27, 2019
every january i feel like creating something new
— sweet melancholy girl (@flowlikefire) January 13, 2021
January is a new start! Believe in yourself and take action towards achieving your dreams today!
— Caroline Kingsbury (@KingsburyCarrie) January 2, 2015
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January is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus.
How to use January in a sentence
In January, when the collaboration began in earnest, Friend presented his new director with original songs and an outline.
Journalist Tom Sherwood first tweeted about Bresnahan’s resignation, which she submitted in January.D.C. Lottery executive director resigning as of Friday|Michael Brice-Saddler|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The weak job numbers for January appear to show the recovery slowing, even as coronavirus rates have decreased.
Those key metrics have been trending in a positive direction since peaking in January.New research shows California coronavirus variant is more transmissible|Joel Achenbach, Carolyn Y. Johnson|February 24, 2021|Washington Post
The ports are waiting to hear back from the federal government on their application submitted in January.A New Highway Project That’s Environmentally Friendly? (Hint: It’s in the Ocean)|MacKenzie Elmer|February 24, 2021|Voice of San Diego
In Israel, however, a new law took effect January 1st that banned the use of underweight models.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Chérif was arrested in Paris in January 2005 as he was about to board a plane to Damascus along with a man named Thamer Bouchnak.
Andrew still plans to fly to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on January 21, representing the British government.
Her focus would be on the three months, January through March 1965, that gave birth to the Voting Rights Act.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In January, an appeal hearing will determine whether he qualifies for post-conviction relief.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He granted her continuance at home, till the year of her noviciate; but that year must come, and it will commence next January.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
On January 10, 1813, came the news that the Prussians had actually gone over to the enemy.
Newhall Hill used to be the favourite spot, and the first meeting held there was on January 22, 1817.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
We sailed from Dieppe in a most unfavorable season, on the 26th of January, of this year 1611.
In January, 1820, his Marshal's bton and his other honours were restored to him, and he entered the field of politics.