the fourth month of the year, containing 30 days. Abbreviation: Apr.
a female given name.

before 1150; Middle English < Latin Aprīlis (adj., as modifying mēnsis month), probably based on Etruscan apru Aphrodite < Greek Aphrodítē; replacing Middle English Averil (< Old French avril < L), in its turn replacing late Old English aprilis (< L)

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April (ˈeɪprəl)
the fourth month of the year, consisting of 30 days
[C14: from Latin Aprīlis, probably of Etruscan origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, aueril, from O.Fr. avrill (11c.), from L. (mensis) Aprilis "(month) of Venus," second month of the ancient Roman calendar, dedicated to the goddess Venus and perhaps based on Apru, an Etruscan borrowing of Gk. Aphrodite. Replaced O.E. Eastermonað, which was
similarly named for a fertility goddess. Re-spelled in M.E. on L. model (apprile first attested late 14c.).
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fourth month of the Gregorian calendar. Its name probably derives from the Latin aperire ("to open"), a possible reference to plant buds opening at this time of year in Rome

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Example sentences for April
The first four had already been members of the government appointed in april.
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