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Syllabification: month
Pronunciation: /mənTH

Definition of month in English:


(also calendar month)
1Each of the twelve named periods into which a year is divided: the first six months of 1992 it was the end of the month
More example sentences
  • I changed the calendar month to July as I walked past the bulletin board.
  • The second full Moon in a calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon.
  • A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
1.1A period of time between the same dates in successive calendar months: the president’s rule was extended for six more months from March 3
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  • Adeline Nakamura had met Bernard almost a year ago and they had been dating for a month.
  • This information must be sent to the address above within three months of the date of this letter.
  • If he is given the go ahead, it could be months before a date is set for the hearing.
1.2A period of 28 days or four weeks: the fourth month of pregnancy
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  • The operations are usually carried out three to four months into the pregnancies.


Old English mōnath, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maand and German Monat, also to moon.


a month of Sundays

informal A very long, seemingly endless period of time: no one will find them in a month of Sundays
More example sentences
  • A council spokesman said: ‘You would never find this piece of land in a month of Sundays, so the parking must be being advertised somewhere, otherwise drivers would not know about it.’
  • If you had asked me at the top of Kilimanjaro whether I would want to do something like this again I would have said not in a month of Sundays.
  • It would take you a month of Sundays if you literally poke around with your trekking pole before you put a foot down, so you just trust that it's in the right place.

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