- 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.
- a month of Sundays. Sunday1(def 4).
Origin of month
Related Words for monthspoint, generation, past, second, turn, space, life, season, moment, date, day, present, stage, term, age, pace, while, future, era, occasion
Examples from the Web for months
Contemporary Examples of months
As part of that effort, Said received weapons training for months, sources told The Daily Beast.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
What 15 months in a federal correction institution will be like, according to a man who counsels to-be inmates.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
All the slots for arrivals and departures are allocated months in advance.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
As the months passed and she began to cast the film, I became increasingly excited.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Tony Shalhoub, Act One Sometimes you realize the power of a performance only when it remains in your mind many months later.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of months
After some months, he met Mrs. Rushton in the street one day.Brave and Bold
For months I had received daily and hourly the most signal benefits from his hands.
They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away.
Weeks came and went, months rolled away, and she appeared not in them.The Vision of the Fountain (From "Twice Told Tales")
Yet night after night, for weeks and months, she thought, and cried herself to sleep.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- one of the twelve divisions (calendar months) of the calendar year
- a period of time extending from one date to a corresponding date in the next calendar month
- a period of four weeks or of 30 days
- the period of time (tropical month) taken by the moon to return to the same longitude after one complete revolution around the earth; 27.321 58 days (approximately 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, 4.5 seconds)
- the period of time (sidereal month) taken by the moon to make one complete revolution around the earth, measured between two successive conjunctions with a distant star; 27.321 66 days (approximately 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, 11 seconds)
- Also called: lunation the period of time (lunar or synodic month) taken by the moon to make one complete revolution around the earth, measured between two successive new moons; 29.530 59 days (approximately 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 3 seconds)
- a month of Sundays informal a long unspecified period
Word Origin for month
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).
Idioms and Phrases with months
In addition to the idiom beginning with month
- month of Sundays, a
- by the day (month)
- (for months) on end