Main definitions of august in English

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august1

adjective

  • Respected and impressive.

    ‘she was in august company’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are regarded as less stuffy than the august Royal Scottish Academy, and pride themselves on encouraging new art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The reasoning of the officials of this august body is that it will all be good for the future of Sligo.’
    • ‘It's a great show and demonstrates why the photographer is now a member of that august body Magnum Photos.’
    • ‘Perhaps you mean that we need the moral imprimatur of this august and esteemed body.’
    • ‘I've also decided on a couple of names, should I be successful in my application to join the august body.’
    • ‘This is something that even our august Royal Society has failed to grasp.’
    • ‘The Jockey Club is the august racing body that presides over equine nomenclature.’
    • ‘The ballroom of the Residency was packed with an august audience who were there to witness the honour for the trio.’
    • ‘This august body has been set up to help promote independent Glasgow restaurants and the culinary delights to be discovered therein.’
    • ‘Not only was she the first woman to enter that august company but, at 41, is also one of the country's youngest judges.’
    • ‘Some of the alumni of that august organization are still my best friends.’
    • ‘They have invited every member of the Western club to a champagne reception in the august surroundings of Turnberry Hotel on Thursday evening.’
    • ‘Needless to reiterate, he is the first and the only non European to head the august body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At first, in honor of the august occasion, he felt obliged to sound stuffy and learned.’
    • ‘I am sure that the august body called the Law Society would like to know where we are at with regard to that legislation.’
    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

/ôˈɡəst//ɔˈɡəst/

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

August

/ˈɔɡəst//ˈôɡəst/