august

[aw-guhst]

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin augustus sacred, grand, akin to augēre to increase. See eke

augustly, adverb
augustness, noun
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August

[aw-guhst]
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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august (ɔːˈɡʌst)
 
adj
1.  dignified or imposing: an august presence
2.  of noble birth or high rank: an august lineage
 
[C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase]
 
au'gustly
 
adv
 
au'gustness
 
n

August (ˈɔːɡəst)
 
n
the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
 
[Old English, from Latin, named after the emperor Augustus]

auguste or august (aʊˈɡuːst, ˈaʊˌɡʊst, aʊˈɡuːst, ˈaʊˌɡʊst)
 
n
(often capital) a type of circus clown who usually wears battered ordinary clothes and is habitually maladroit or unlucky
 
[C20: French, from German]
 
august or august
 
n
 
[C20: French, from German]

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

August
"eighth month," 1097, from L. Augustus, sixth month of the Roman calendar, named for emperor Augustus Cæsar, lit. "Venerable Cæsar" (see august). Replaced native Weodmonað "weed month."
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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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There is also an annual horse racing event, usually taking place in august.
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