Definition of December in English:

December

noun

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

    ‘the fuel shortage worsened during December’
    as modifier ‘a December day’
    • ‘We bought it in early December, and it started shedding needles about a week after we got it home.’
    • ‘Andrew is keen to hear from mums-to-be who expect their baby in the first week of December.’
    • ‘The proposals now look likely to be considered for a third time at the December panel meeting.’
    • ‘Three Decembers ago, Fernando realized a personal dream of his own when he bought his parents a new house in a better neighborhood than the one in which they had lived since his youth.’
    • ‘But December's gig wasn't just a re-run of previous experiences, although much of the audience would probably have paid just for that.’
    • ‘Tax on gains made in October, November and December will be due by the end of January next year.’
    • ‘This would mean an earlier finish to the summer term in July and a later one to the autumn term in December.’
    • ‘This time last year we had doom and gloom, and December was the worst month of the year for growth.’
    • ‘We also want to go to Florida and stay in a swish hotel for two weeks in December.’
    • ‘The Assembly meets from September to December each year and at other times as required.’
    • ‘It had been a very dry fall but about the second week in December it started to rain.’
    • ‘Last December, after a long and expensive legal case, he was found to have broken the law.’
    • ‘Like most Decembers in the northern United States, the weather was bitterly cold, and Burdick struggled emotionally because she was over 150 miles away from her family.’
    • ‘Mersey has issued profits warnings in the last two Decembers and last week reported in-line first half profits.’
    • ‘In December, the society announced it had two months to find the money to save the festival.’
    • ‘Kansas City is notorious for wet, dreary Decembers, and such a day could make things interesting.’
    • ‘Between the Decembers of 2003 and 2004, he has risen to the top of the tree in terms of young Scottish defenders.’
    • ‘So, in theory, he could meet the December deadline by simply handing in a blank sheet of paper.’
    • ‘In December he received a summons to appear in court, only to have the case dropped at the last minute.’
    • ‘Unlike previous Decembers, where online sales were similar to, or in the case of December 2002, less than the previous month, sales were considerably higher than in November.’

Origin

Middle English: from Latin, from decem ‘ten’ (being originally the tenth month of the Roman year).

Pronunciation

December

/dəˈsembər//dəˈsɛmbər/