Main definitions of august in English

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august1

adjective

  • Respected and impressive.

    ‘she was in august company’
    • ‘There's no escaping it, not even in the august galleries of the Museum of Modern Art.’
    • ‘The ballroom of the Residency was packed with an august audience who were there to witness the honour for the trio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are regarded as less stuffy than the august Royal Scottish Academy, and pride themselves on encouraging new art.’
    • ‘This august body has been set up to help promote independent Glasgow restaurants and the culinary delights to be discovered therein.’
    • ‘I've also decided on a couple of names, should I be successful in my application to join the august body.’
    • ‘Not only was she the first woman to enter that august company but, at 41, is also one of the country's youngest judges.’
    • ‘The Jockey Club is the august racing body that presides over equine nomenclature.’
    • ‘At first, in honor of the august occasion, he felt obliged to sound stuffy and learned.’
    • ‘This is something that even our august Royal Society has failed to grasp.’
    • ‘Printing such an article is beneath the dignity of this august journal.’
    • ‘It's a great show and demonstrates why the photographer is now a member of that august body Magnum Photos.’
    • ‘The reasoning of the officials of this august body is that it will all be good for the future of Sligo.’
    • ‘They have invited every member of the Western club to a champagne reception in the august surroundings of Turnberry Hotel on Thursday evening.’
    • ‘I am sure that the august body called the Law Society would like to know where we are at with regard to that legislation.’
    • ‘Perhaps you mean that we need the moral imprimatur of this august and esteemed body.’
    • ‘Needless to reiterate, he is the first and the only non European to head the august body.’
    • ‘Some of the alumni of that august organization are still my best friends.’
    • ‘Here is her contribution, as delicately phrased as one might expect in such an august literary journal.’
    • ‘I have some suggestions for serious consideration by the august committee.’
    distinguished, respected, eminent, venerable, hallowed, illustrious, prestigious, renowned, celebrated, honoured, acclaimed, esteemed, exalted, highly regarded, well thought of, of distinction, of repute
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from French auguste or Latin augustus ‘consecrated, venerable’.

Pronunciation

august

/ɔːˈɡʌst/

Main definitions of august in English

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August2

noun

  • The eighth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of summer.

    ‘the sultry haze of late August’
    ‘the wettest August in six years’
    • ‘He kept up the lie for nearly two decades until his cheating ways caught up with him last August.’
    • ‘She became depressed again and was prescribed the drug for a second time in August last year.’
    • ‘He will return to his base in two weeks' time before taking a month off in August.’
    • ‘In August, she announced that she was setting up her own literary agency in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘We arrived in England to be greeted by the cool August evening weather and that helped us to relax a lot.’
    • ‘I had the misfortune to be unemployed for six weeks between July and August this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The media reported that it has been ‘one of the wettest Augusts on record… and Skipton has been one of the areas worst affected’.’
    • ‘He is in Ireland until the end of August for his summer tour and we wish him well with that.’
    • ‘Work on the building is due to be started in August and be completed by the end of the year.’
    • ‘He offered the use of his property for the month of August, and the show was back on.’
    • ‘Grapes in these warm, humid states are usually picked in late July or early August.’
    • ‘He generally arrives in late August or early September and stays for about six weeks.’
    • ‘Both hockey and football events will now take place in late August or early September.’
    • ‘Bear hunting is permitted in Russia for a period in spring and between August and October.’
    • ‘The best time for such work is on a sunny August afternoon, when it is hot and muggy.’
    • ‘The final bids will be considered next August and a decision taken by the end of the year.’
    • ‘Her daughter Rebecca will be four in August and starts at a new school in January next year.’
    • ‘I spent the entire month of August in Wisconsin, not too far from the local airport.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

August

/ˈɔːɡəst/