Main definitions of august in US English:

: august1August2

august1

adjective

  • Respected and impressive.

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

/ɔˈɡəst//ôˈɡəst/

Main definitions of august in US English:

: august1August2

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’
    as modifier ‘an August cold snap’
    • ‘The best time for such work is on a sunny August afternoon, when it is hot and muggy.’
    • ‘He offered the use of his property for the month of August, and the show was back on.’
    • ‘He is in Ireland until the end of August for his summer tour and we wish him well with that.’
    • ‘He kept up the lie for nearly two decades until his cheating ways caught up with him last August.’
    • ‘The final bids will be considered next August and a decision taken by the end of the year.’
    • ‘I spent the entire month of August in Wisconsin, not too far from the local airport.’
    • ‘She became depressed again and was prescribed the drug for a second time in August last year.’
    • ‘In August of the same year he organized an unprecedented summer school in Vienna.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grapes in these warm, humid states are usually picked in late July or early August.’
    • ‘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, she announced that she was setting up her own literary agency in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘The media reported that it has been ‘one of the wettest Augusts on record… and Skipton has been one of the areas worst affected’.’
    • ‘Of the six women to die in the 12 months to August, an inquest on only one has been held to date.’
    • ‘Her daughter Rebecca will be four in August and starts at a new school in January next year.’
    • ‘Work on the building is due to be started in August and be completed by the end of the year.’
    • ‘He will return to his base in two weeks' time before taking a month off in August.’
    • ‘Bear hunting is permitted in Russia for a period in spring and between August and October.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

August

/ˈôɡəst//ˈɔɡəst/