[ muhnth ]
/ mʌnθ /


Also called calendar month. any of the twelve parts, as January or February, into which the calendar year is divided.
the time from any day of one calendar month to the corresponding day of the next.
a period of four weeks or 30 days.
Also called solar month. one-twelfth of a solar or tropical year.
Also called lunar month. the period of a complete revolution of the moon around the earth, as the period between successive new moons (synodic month), equal to 29.531 days, or the period between successive conjunctions with a star (sidereal month), equal to 27.322 days, or the period between successive perigees (anomalistic month), equal to 27.555 days, or the period between successive similar nodes (nodical month or draconic month), equal to 27.212 days.
an unusually long period of time of indefinite length: I haven't seen him for months.

Nearby words

  1. montgomery, bernard,
  2. montgomery, bernard law, 1st viscount montgomery of alamein,
  3. montgomery, l. m.,
  4. montgomery, richard,
  5. montgomeryshire,
  6. month of sundays, a,
  7. month's mind,
  8. montherlant,
  9. monthly,
  10. monthly meeting


    a month of Sundays. Sunday1(def 4).

Origin of month

before 900; Middle English; Old English mōnath; cognate with Old High German mānōd, Old Norse mānathr. See moon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for months


/ (mʌnθ) /


Related formsRelated adjective: mensal

Word Origin for month

Old English mōnath; related to Old High German mānōd, Old Norse mānathr; compare Gothic mena moon

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Word Origin and History for months



Old English monað, from Proto-Germanic *menoth- (cf. Old Saxon manoth, Old Frisian monath, Middle Dutch manet, Dutch maand, Old High German manod, German Monat, Old Norse manaðr, Gothic menoþs "month"), related to *menon- "moon" (see moon (n.); the month was calculated from lunar phases). Its cognates mean only "month" in the Romance languages, but in Germanic generally continue to do double duty. Phrase a month of Sundays "a very long time" is from 1832 (roughly 7 and a half months, but never used literally).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with months


In addition to the idiom beginning with month

  • month of Sundays, a

also see:

  • by the day (month)
  • (for months) on end
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