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august1

Syllabification: au·gust
Pronunciation: /ôˈɡəst
 
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adjective

Respected and impressive: she was in august company
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  • Perhaps you mean that we need the moral imprimatur of this august and esteemed body.
  • I suspect that the good Rabbie, who also enjoyed partaking of strong alcohol, would have been in his element surrounded by such an august body of men.
  • This august body has been set up to help promote independent Glasgow restaurants and the culinary delights to be discovered therein.
Synonyms
distinguished, respected, eminent, venerable, hallowed, illustrious, prestigious, renowned, celebrated, honored, acclaimed, esteemed, exalted;
great, important, lofty, noble;
imposing, impressive, awe-inspiring, stately, grand, dignified

Origin

mid 17th century: from French auguste or Latin augustus 'consecrated, venerable'.

Derivatives

augustly

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adverb
Example sentences
  • Darwin may rest augustly beside Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey, while Wallace lies modestly in the little cemetery in Broadstone.
  • But Her Majesty openly rendered to Diana the sort of augustly understated nod that her top courtiers offer her day by day.

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August2

Syllabification: Au·gust
Pronunciation: /ˈôɡəst
 
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noun

The eighth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of summer: the sultry haze of late August [as modifier]: an August cold snap
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  • In August of the same year he organized an unprecedented summer school in Vienna.
  • Of the six women to die in the 12 months to August, an inquest on only one has been held to date.
  • He will return to his base in two weeks' time before taking a month off in August.

Origin

Old English, from Latin augustus 'consecrated, venerable'; named after Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor.

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  • octopus from (mid 18th century):

    This is from Greek oktōpous, from oktō meaning eight and pous ‘foot’. The prefix gives us words like octagon (late 16th century) an eight-sided figure and octogenarian (early 19th century), someone aged between 80 and 89. In the modern world October (Old English) is the tenth month, but the word comes from Latin octo because it was the eighth month in the Roman calendar. It became the tenth month after the addition of July (named after Julius Caesar), and August (named after the Emperor Augustus) in the 1st century bc.

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