Origin of June
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What is June?
A solstice happens in June, often marked on June 21, although the actual day may be June 20, 21, or 22. A solstice is when the sun is the farthest from the Earth’s celestial equator. The Northern Hemisphere experiences its summer solstice, with the sun reaching the northernmost point on the celestial sphere. Naturally, the Southern Hemisphere experiences its winter solstice.
In the United States, June 19 marks Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States in the 1860s. June 19 is the anniversary of the day Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaimed the slaves free in the state of Texas. (You can learn more about this holiday in our article on Juneteenth.)
Example: After I get out of classes in June, I am ready for the long days of summer!
Where does June come from?
The first records of the word June come from before 1050. It ultimately comes from the Latin mēnsis Jūnius, meaning “Juno’s month.”
The Roman goddess Juno’s name comes from the Latin word iuventas meaning “youth.” Juno was often associated with youth because she was the goddess of fertility and watched over Roman babies. The month was likely named to honor her as the summer time was when most weddings occurred in Rome, and Juno was said to watch over and bless couples at their weddings.
Much like April, May, and August, June can be used as a given name, typically for women. June became a popular first name in the 1900s and has consistently been within the top 300 baby names since 1925. You can learn more about June in our article “How Did The Month Of June Get Its Name?”
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How is June used in real life?
June is known for being the beginning of the summer or winter season.
Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come.
— Netflix (@netflix) June 12, 2018
June 1st! Might aswell just end school rn
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) June 1, 2014
Today is one of the greatest days of my life. My little sister turns 2 and was born June 12th ☺️
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 12, 2015
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How to use June in a sentence
Meanwhile, by June many rich nations will be well on their way to vaccinating most of their populations.Global inequity in COVID-19 vaccination is more than a moral problem|Jonathan Lambert|February 26, 2021|Science News
In June, the Metro police union sent Pavlik a memo that indicated officers’ performances were judged on “quantitative metrics,” although Pavlik publicly denied that the department set arrest and enforcement goals.Metro Transit Police chief says changes underway to address community concerns|Justin George|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The app wasn’t built for Burning Man—it coincidentally launched in June, and its founders were former Burning Man attendees who tossed their hat in the ring when they heard the festival was looking for a digital home.The app behind virtual Burning Man wants to host your next office function|Nicolás Rivero|February 23, 2021|Quartz
In June, while tending to her son on the playground, her phone rang and Kate Lewis, chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, which owns Bazaar, offered her the job.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
Finally in June, she broke up with Steve for good after again reporting his abusive behavior to police.How Domestic Abusers Have Exploited Technology During the Pandemic|Mélissa Godin|December 31, 2020|Time
And what he said on June 5, 1985 fits the mood of the moment three decades later.
Here she is in June saying “Trans politics and feminism have never been headed to the same place.”Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Between June and October 1943, 4,283 British, 1,303 Dutch, 1,630 Australian, and 88 American soldiers died.
Her unit first deployed in late June—“A very hot summer,” she remembers.
One of the first felonies occurred on the afternoon of June 15, 1986.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On certain of the stems the fertile cone appears and the spores are ripened about June, after which the process withers.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
This system, as already stated, became operative in most districts during June, 1915.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
The work was commenced in June, 1882, the memorial stone being laid February 15th, the following year.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
On the night of June the 11th a red-hot cannon-ball set fire to one of the barracks which was used as a hospital.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
At last the accumulated horrors shook even his firm spirit, and on June 4th a capitulation was agreed on.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison