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  1. the eleventh month of the year, containing 30 days.
  2. a word used in communications to represent the letter N. Abbr.: Nov.
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Origin of November

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin: the ninth month of the early Roman calendar, compound with novem nine; for final element see December
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  • November 1st, Turkey was forced by Russia to agree to an armistice of eight weeks.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • She always thought of seventy-nine as one continuous November.

  • On November 13th, 1895, I was brought down here from London.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • For half an hour I stood there in the grey November rain surrounded by a jeering mob.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • He opened the season of 1730 on November 3, with his former rle of Scipio.


    Edward J. Dent

British Dictionary definitions for november


  1. the eleventh month of the year, consisting of 30 days
  2. communications a code word for the letter n
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin: ninth month, from novem nine
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Word Origin and History for november


c.1200, from Old French novembre and directly from Latin November (also Novembris (mensis)), from novem "nine" (see nine). The ninth month of the Roman calendar, which began in March. For -ber see December. In Old English, it was Blotmonað "month of sacrifice," literally "blood-month," the time when the early Saxons prepared for winter by sacrificing animals, which they then butchered and stored for food.

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