July

[joo-lahy, juh-lahy]

Origin of July

before 1050; Middle English julie < Anglo-French < Latin Jūlius (Caesar), after whom it was named; replacing Old English Julius < Latin; Middle English ju(i)l < Old French < Latin
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July

noun plural -lies
  1. the seventh month of the year, consisting of 31 days

Word Origin for July

C13: from Anglo-French julie, from Latin Jūlius, after Gaius Julius Caesar, in whose honour it was named
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Word Origin and History for july

July

c.1050, Iulius, from Anglo-French julie, Old French Jule, from Latin Iulius "fifth month of the Roman calendar" (which began its year in March), renamed after his death and deification in honor of Gaius Julius Caesar, who was born in this month, which formerly in republican Rome was named Quintilis "fifth." Accented on first syllable in English until 18c. Replaced Old English liða se æfterra "later mildness," from liðe "mild."

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