Definition of January in English:

January

noun

  • The first month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the second month of winter.

    ‘Sophie was two in January’
    as modifier ‘the January sales’
    • ‘Of note is the rise in mean minimum temperatures for January, the coolest month of the year.’
    • ‘I worked in Lancashire for a few years, and in my first January there it rained every day.’
    • ‘In January, heavy seas swept a family of five off an exposed coastal road to their deaths.’
    • ‘St Hilary's feast day on 13 th January has gained the reputation of being the coldest day of the year.’
    • ‘Since 1926, only two other Januaries failed to produce a measurable snowfall - 1934, 1973, and now 2006 all share the distinction of least-snowy Januaries.’

Origin

Old English, from Latin Januarius (mensis) ‘(month) of Janus’ (see Janus), the Roman god who presided over doors and beginnings.

Pronunciation

January

/ˈjanyəˌwerē//ˈdʒænjəˌwɛri/