from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The second month of the Gregorian calendar, following January and preceding March.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The second month in the year, said to have been introduced into the Roman calendar by Numa. In common years this month contains twenty-eight days; in the bissextile, or leap year, it has twenty-nine days.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The second month of the year, containing twenty-eight days in ordinary years and twenty-nine in leap-years. See bissextile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the month following January and preceding March
Middle English Februarie, from Latin Februārius (mēnsis), (month) of purification, from februa, expiatory offerings, possibly of Sabine origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Re-Latinized from Middle English feoverel, from Old French feverier, from Latin februārius, of the month of purification, from februa, the Roman festival of purification, plural of februum; perhaps from Latin febris ("fever"), from Proto-Indo-European base *dhegh-, to burn. (Wiktionary)