Origin of July
Words nearby July
BEHIND THE WORD
What does July mean?
In the Northern Hemisphere, July is a summer month. The days during the period from July 3 to August 11 are traditionally known as the dog days of summer. In the Southern Hemisphere, July is a winter month.
What happens in July?
In Canada, July 1 is the patriotic national holiday known as Canada Day. In the U.S., July 4 is Independence Day, popularly known as the Fourth of July. July 14 is the national day of France, known in English as Bastille Day.
In the U.S., July is observed as BIPOC Mental Health Month.
Example: As soon as July begins, I can already feel the dog days of summer setting in.
Where does July come from?
The first records of the word July come from before 1050. It comes from the Latin mēnsis Jūlius, meaning “Julius’s month,” referring to Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.
Originally, the Roman calendar consisted of 10 months instead of 12. During the reign of Julius Caesar, two additional months—what we now call January and February—were added so that the months would fall during the same seasons each year. (This new calendar was called the Julian calendar, which was further revised with the Gregorian calendar, which is still used today).
Due to the change, each of the existing months shifted. The fifth month of the year, named Quintilis (the root quint- means “five”), became the seventh month of the year and was renamed after Julius Caesar, eventually coming to be known as July.
The sixth month, Sextilis, was renamed after Augustus Caesar and eventually became August. The last four months of the year still retain roots referring to a number that’s incompatible with their current position in the calendar (for example, September means “seventh month” but it’s the ninth; December means “tenth month” but it’s the twelfth).
Discover more to the story behind the word July, by reading our article on the name’s fascinating history.
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What are some other forms related to July?
- Julies (plural)
- Julys (plural)
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How is July used in real life?
In the Northern Hemisphere, July is associated with summertime.
If you're keeping track, planet earth had the hottest June ever recorded, the hottest July, the 2nd-hottest August, and now the hottest September. Please join the fight for a livable futurehttps://t.co/G07NtkzvP5
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) October 6, 2019
this snow is just not working for me, I need some hot July weather ☀
— Sammy Rivera (@sarivera7) February 8, 2012
Partly cloudy, 75°, and light breeze at 7:45p on a day in late July? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? pic.twitter.com/mTaXGvCB2A
— Nate Johnson (@nsj) July 29, 2017
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July is named after Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.
How to use July in a sentence
Safarova listened, hurrah, and the idea became a 20-seat reality in July.This new Azerbaijani bakery offers stories as good as its pastries|Tom Sietsema|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
In July, 72 percent approved of his handling of the pandemic, and that has dropped to 54 percent now, according to a Marist College poll this month.Andrew Cuomo, once touted as the ‘gold standard,’ finds his brand tarnished by multiple crises|Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
He dealt with a groin strain in July, was sent down in August, then ended the season early after he was hit by a 95-mph fastball in September.Carter Kieboom, unbothered by the spotlight, is confident he can keep his third base job|Jesse Dougherty|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
“Having an existing, on-the-ground infrastructure in place definitely helped us mobilize help quickly,” says Kristin Williamson, a Pandemic of Love Dallas volunteer since July.The Science of Awe and the Mars Perseverance Rover|Susanna Schrobsdorff|February 21, 2021|Time
In July, she claimed a victory and stepped into history when she became the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar — making her the first person of color to lead the fashion glossy in its 154-year history.Samira Nasr, a fashion first at Harper’s Bazaar: ‘I just want to bring more people with me to the party’|Robin Givhan|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
“This is a federal mandate that is causing some real problems for schools across the country,” Kline told a CBS affiliate in July.
Compare that to Guardians of the Galaxy which opened in Korea on July 31.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Same goes for the comic book character “Captain America,” which Marvel announced in July would be now be portrayed as a black man.
In a bizarre matchup, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor came for the 20-year-old singer this past July in Ibiza.
Brinsley got out of jail last July, and was desperate and aimless.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A flightless, juvenal female was obtained by local boys at Pisté on July 21.
The archbishop of Manila sends to the king (July 30, 1621) an account of ecclesiastical and some other affairs in his diocese.
A moderately enlarged testis (probably regressing) was noted in the specimen from Pisté, on July 21.
With this letter is another by the same writer, dated July 30, 1622—a postscript to a duplicate of the preceding letter.
He come July six, for don't you mind how they called him Cevery out of pity and generosity for the Spayniards?The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd