Definition of month in English:

month

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.’
    • ‘I changed the calendar month to July as I walked past the bulletin board.’
    • ‘Counting back nine months on the calendar, my finger lands on the month of March.’
    • ‘The rent reserved by the Tenancy Agreement was expressed to be £1, 400 per calendar month.’
    • ‘It being close to the end of the calendar month, my reserves of local currency are running a little low.’
    • ‘Mr O'Brien expects to see January's sales double those of the same month last year.’
    • ‘The first few months of the new year are not the best time to move, that's for sure.’
    • ‘Spring is finally here, and the best six months of the year have finally begun.’
    • ‘The selection process and interviews will take place over this month and February.’
    • ‘Generate at least 30 subscriptions in a calendar month and they'll pay an extra 75% per subscription.’
    • ‘September is one of the busiest months of the year, with a range of different tasks at hand.’
    • ‘The agreed licence fee was £460 per calendar month.’
    • ‘Muslims are required to fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.’
    • ‘At the end of last year, 185 employees were on long-term sick leave, classified as an absence of one calendar month or longer.’
    • ‘Rather, the term blue moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, which occurred on Saturday.’
    • ‘Subsequently the Committee met and determined that the rent for the property was £2,708 per calendar month or in other words £32, 496 per annum.’
    • ‘Of note is the rise in mean minimum temperatures for January, the coolest month of the year.’
    • ‘I've been on my own for the first six months of the year and I've worked every day on my own to try and get fit.’
    • ‘I've got a very busy month of August coming up, and I would prefer to stay at home.’
    • ‘Since there are 29.5 days between full moons, the occurrence of a second full moon in a calendar month is not a very regular phenomenon.’
    • ‘I have recorded eggs laid by birds under my care in every calendar month of the year.’
    • ‘As well as searching for low fares on specific dates, it will show the range of fares between two cities for every day in a particular calendar month.’
    • ‘These are a selection of articles that appeared in this calendar month in other years.’
    • ‘it stated that accommodation had been charged for at the rate of $2200 per calendar month.’
    • ‘Your bonds are entered into the monthly prize draws once you have held them for a full calendar month, so anyone wanting to enter the August draw (the first with two £1 million jackpots) must have bought before the end of June.’
    • ‘You will be paid a basic salary of £4,000 per annum, payable in arrears, on the last working Friday of each calendar month.’
    • ‘Those who wish to continue paying off their debt interest-free will need to apply to transfer the remaining balance to another card at least a full calendar month before the end of their current deal.’
    • ‘We are in the third calendar month of industrial action and I would rather members who were half-hearted about what we are trying to achieve voted against industrial action.’
    • ‘I work for eight hours per week, doing two four hour sessions for which I receive the minimum wage resulting in £137.60 per calendar month.’
    • ‘The second full Moon in a calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon.’
    1. 1.1 A period of time between the same dates in successive calendar months:
      ‘the president's rule was extended for six more months from March 3’
      • ‘Documents can be scanned and filed in seconds and made available a week, a month or a year later at the touch of a button.’
      • ‘The letter was posted on 8 September and arrived at a house in Nairobi one month later.’
      • ‘It lasts anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours and occurs over a period of weeks to months.’
      • ‘If you owe money for repair or valuation, the date must be at least three months from the day the notice is sent.’
      • ‘Stevens was jailed for three years and three months for the store raid last June.’
      • ‘Whether you hold them for weeks, months or years, shares are simply a means to a financial end.’
      • ‘How this mood develops will depend hugely on whether the days and weeks spread to months and years.’
      • ‘The final deadline is no later than four months after the first day of the course.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The nursery will offer care for children from three months to five years at affordable prices.’
      • ‘He has had a long time to prepare the case and has known of the hearing date for months.’
      • ‘Adeline Nakamura had met Bernard almost a year ago and they had been dating for a month.’
      • ‘Nurseries provide care for children aged from around six months up to five years old.’
      • ‘He jailed Khan for three years and nine months for riot, but added a further month for the breach of bail.’
    2. 1.2 A period of 28 days or four weeks.
      • ‘The operations are usually carried out three to four months into the pregnancies.’
      a long time, a lifetime, an eternity, seemingly forever
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Phrases

  • a month of sundays

    • informal A very long period of time:

      ‘no one will find them in a month of Sundays’
      • ‘Wandering around a dusty ancestral home looking at furniture, paintings and ornaments that you'll never be able to afford in a month of Sundays was not my idea of a fun day out.’
      • ‘I think it would be nice to see another four and a half inch gun there but never in a month of Sundays will we see it happen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Political figures who view recent events as providing them with the best opportunity they have had in a month of Sundays to score points over republicans have been dominating the airways over the past 48 hours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘LET'S be clear about one thing: I wouldn't vote for Dana in a month of Sundays, even if I had the opportunity.’
      • ‘It doesn't take long for people to change their shopping habits and go elsewhere where getting to the shops doesn't take a month of Sundays.’
      • ‘It is possible to learn to skydive in Britain, but with our weather it might take a month of Sundays to do it.’
      • ‘They speak about negotiations for a month of Sundays.’
      a long time, an age, a time, a lifetime
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

month

/mʌnθ/