Definition of February in English:


Syllabification: Feb·ru·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈfeb(y)o͞oˌerē, ˈfebro͞o-

noun (plural Februaries)

  • The second month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of winter: even in February the place is busy [as modifier]: a freezing February morning
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    • For some reason, I was expecting March to be a better month than January or February.
    • I returned on a February morning to see what sort of training was being carried out.
    • The selection process and interviews will take place over this month and February.


Middle English feverer, from Old French feverier, based on Latin februarius, from februa, the name of a purification feast held in this month. The spelling change in the 15th century was due to association with the Latin word.


Note that February is spelled with an r following the Feb-. Precise speakers insist that the r should be pronounced, but this is not easy, and most people replace the r following Feb- with a y sound: Feb-yoo- rather than Feb-roo-. This is now becoming the accepted standard.

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