- moneth (dialectal)
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”); Saterland Frisian Mound (“month”), Dutch maand (“month”); German Low German Maand, Monat (“month”); German Monat (“month”); Danish måned (“month”); Swedish månad (“month”); Icelandic mánuði (“month”); Latin mēnsis (“month”); Ancient Greek μήν (mḗn); Armenian ամիս (amis); Old Irish mí; Old Church Slavonic мѣсѧць (měsęcĭ). See also moon.
- (UK) IPA(key): /mʌnθ/, [mɐn̪θ], enPR: mŭnth
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- IPA(key): /mʌnθ/, [mʌn̪θ], enPR: mŭnth
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- Rhymes: -ʌnθ
month (plural months) The plural is occasionally seen as month (unchanged)
- 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.
- July is my favourite month.
- 2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
- Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.
- A period of 30 days, 31 days, or some alternation thereof.
- We went on holiday for two months.
- 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
- Charles had not been employed above six months at Darracott Place, but he was not such a whopstraw as to make the least noise in the performance of his duties when his lordship was out of humour.
- 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3-1 Shamrock Rovers”, BBC Sport:
- With the north London derby to come at the weekend, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp opted to rest many of his key players, although he brought back Aaron Lennon after a month out through injury.
- (obsolete, in the plural) A woman's period; menstrual discharge.