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august

[aw-guhst] /ɔˈgʌst/
adjective
1.
inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic:
an august performance of a religious drama.
2.
venerable; eminent:
an august personage.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin augustus sacred, grand, akin to augēre to increase. See eke
Related forms
augustly, adverb
augustness, noun

August

[aw-guh st] /ˈɔ gəst/
noun
1.
the eighth month of the year, containing 31 days.
Abbreviation: Aug.
2.
a male given name, form of Augustus.
Origin
before 1100; Middle English < Latin Augustus (named after Augustus); replacing Old English Agustus < Latin, as above
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  • There is also an annual horse racing event, usually taking place in august.
British Dictionary definitions for august

august

/ɔːˈɡʌst/
adjective
1.
dignified or imposing: an august presence
2.
of noble birth or high rank: an august lineage
Derived Forms
augustly, adverb
augustness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase

August

/ˈɔːɡəst/
noun
1.
the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin, named after the emperor Augustus

auguste

/aʊˈɡuːst; ˈaʊˌɡʊst/
noun
1.
(often capital) a type of circus clown who usually wears battered ordinary clothes and is habitually maladroit or unlucky
Word Origin
C20: French, from German
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Word Origin and History for august
adj.

1660s, from Latin augustus "venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble," probably originally "consecrated by the augurs, with favorable auguries" (see augur (n.)); or else "that which is increased" (see augment).

August

eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally "Venerable Caesar" (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað "weed month."

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Encyclopedia Article for august

August

eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for "sixth month," indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.

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