Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of time corresponding approximately to one cycle of the moon's phases, or about 30 days or 4 weeks.
  • n. One of the 12 divisions of a year as determined by a calendar, especially the Gregorian calendar. Also called calendar month.
  • n. A period extending from a date in one calendar month to the corresponding date in the following month.
  • n. A sidereal month.
  • n. A lunar month.
  • n. A solar month.
  • idiom month of Sundays Informal An indefinitely long period of time: It will take you a month of Sundays to chop all that wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period into which a year is divided, historically based on the phases of the moon. In the Gregorian calendar there are twelve months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.
  • n. A period of 30 days, 31 days, or some alternation thereof.
  • n. A woman's period; menstrual discharge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the twelve portions into which the year is divided; the twelfth part of a year, corresponding nearly to the length of a synodic revolution of the moon, -- whence the name. In popular use, a period of four weeks is often called a month.
  • adj.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, the interval from one new moon to the next, called specifically a lunar, synodical, or illuminative month.
  • n. One twelfth part of a tropical year, or 30 days, 10 hours, 29 minutes, 3. 8 seconds: called specifically a solar month.
  • n. One of the twelve parts into which the calendar year is arbitrarily divided: called specifically a calendar month.
  • n. At common law and in equity, month has been understood to mean ‘a lunar month,’ which is assumed to be 28 days, except when the contrary appears, and except when used of mercantile transactions, such as negotiable paper, etc.
  • n. plural Same as menses. Minsheu; Cotgrave. Abbreviated mo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a time unit of approximately 30 days
  • n. one of the twelve divisions of the calendar year

Etymologies

Middle English moneth, from Old English mōnath; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English month, moneth, from Old English mōnað ("month"), from Proto-Germanic *mēnōþs (“month”), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s (“moon, month”), probably from Proto-Indo-European *mê- (“to measure”), referring to the moon's phases as the measure of time, equivalent to moon +‎ -th. Cognate with Scots moneth ("month"); North Frisian muunt ("month"); Dutch maand ("month"); Low German Maand, Monat ("month"); German Monat ("month"); Danish måned ("month"); Swedish månad ("month"); Icelandic mánuði ("month"); Ancient Greek μήν (mḗn); Armenian ամիս (amis); Old Irish ; Old Church Slavonic мѣсѧць (měsęcĭ). See also moon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • • British dead and wounded in Afghanistan, month by month• Get the Afghan civilian casualties data

    Afghanistan civilian casualties: year by year, month by month

  • I sent an email to the library, explaining that I had had some books for about 5 months now - the first month, 3 renewals and now it was a month+ over-due March, 20, actually - but could I please keep them until June?

    A rather lousy day.

  • That doesn't count all the permanent population on Council Tax assistance (the junior printer at my last job, who lived in a council flat (rent: £10 a month) with his girlfriend and baby paid only £20 a month*), and other benefits.

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  • The presidential office and the ruling Grand National Party have agreed to open a parliamentary session late this month to deliberate bills that failed to pass in last month� extra National Assembly session.

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  • How It Works The script gets the value for variable $month by tapping into one of PHP's numerous built-in date func - tions; date ( "n") returns a value equal to the numerical equivalent of the month as set in your server, such as 1 for January, 2 for February, and so on.

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  • year = $year, month = $month, day = $day, time_zone = ‘UTC’

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  • • 81.4 per cent of creative professionals that have used an image without paying for it did not feel guilty• 44 per cent legally download between one and five pictures each month, while seven per cent buy more than 11 stock images each month• Nearly half (48 per cent) do not have a microstock image budget but five per cent spend in excess of

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  • I could also rent those series from Netflix, but that would cost at least $8.99 a month  I kept dragging my feet, reluctant to take on another recurring entertainment expense -- I’m already paying about $125 a month for my cable TV with DVR, plus phone and Internet triple play.

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  • TARABAY: Tracy says their children know when the end of the month is approaching, because what they like to eat is gone and the kitchen shelves have emptied.

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  • This month is also an aggressive campaign to encourage women to get mammograms and screenings that will lead to early detection of breast cancer.

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  • 'Of all our many English rhymes,
    There's none, they say, for month.
    I've tried and failed a hundred times,
    Then made it the hundred-and-oneth.'
    (Quoted from memory, and I can't remember the source. And yes, hundred-and-first would be the expected construction, so it is cheating, a bit.)

    January 11, 2009

  • eOE ÆLFRED tr. Boethius De Consol. Philos. (Otho) v. 12 Thonne edhære sunnan scima on Agustes monedhe hatost scinedh edhonne dysegaedh se edhe thonne wile hwelc sæd oedhfæstan thæm drygum furum.

    May 11, 2008

  • Month rhymes with no other word.

    May 31, 2007