Saturday, August 02, 2008

august, August

a. Grand; magnificent; majestic; impressing awe; inspiring reverence; as, august in visage.

n. [Me. August, Augst; L. Augustus; named from emperor Augustus; name originally from augere, to increase.] The eighth month of the year, containing thirty-one days. The old Roman name was Sextilis, the sixth month from March, the month in which the primitive Romans, as well as Jews, began the year. The name was changed toAugust in honor of the emperor Octavius Augustus, on account of his victories and his entering on his first consulate in that month.

(Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language Copyright 1952)

au·gust [aw-guhst]
1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
2. venerable; eminent: an august personage.
[Origin: 1655–65; < L augustus sacred, grand, akin to augĂ©re to increase. See eke]
—Related forms
au·gust·ly, adverb
au·gust·ness, noun

Au·gust [aw-guhst]
1. the eighth month of the year, containing 31 days. Abbreviation: Aug.
2. a male given name, form of Augustus.
[Origin: bef. 1100; ME < L Augustus (named after Augustus); r. OE Agustus < L, as above]

( Unabridged (v 1.1)Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006).

august adj. [L. augustus orig., prop. "consecrated by the augurs"] 1. inspiring awe and reverence; imposing and magnificent 2. worthy of respect because of age and dignity, high position, ec.; venerable --SYN. see GRAND -- augustly adv. --augustness n.

August [ME. < L. Augustus < Augustus Caesar: see ff.] a masculine name: see AUGUSTUS --n. the eighth month of the year, having 31 days.: abbrev. Aug., Ag.

(Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language Second college Edition copyright 1980

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