Definition of month noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mʌnθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mʌnθ//
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  1. 1  [countable] any of the twelve periods of time into which the year is divided, for example May or June the month of August We're moving house next month. She earns $1 000 a month. The rent is £300 per month. Have you read this month's ‘Physics World’? Prices continue to rise month after month (= over a period of several months). Her anxiety mounted month by month (= as each month passed). see also calendar month
  2. 2  [countable] a period of about 30 days, for example, 3 June to 3 July The baby is three months old. a three-month-old baby They lived in Toronto during their first few months of marriage. several months later a six-month contract a month-long strike He visits Paris once or twice a month. see also lunar month
  3. 3  months [plural] a long time, especially a period of several months He had to wait for months for the visas to come through. It will be months before we get the results.
  4. Word OriginOld English mōnath, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maand and German Monat, also to moon.Extra examples He spent about a month decorating the house. I waited six months for them to reply to my letter. I’ve been working on the illustration for over a month. In just a few short months he was promoted to manager. It hasn’t rained for months. It took months to find another job. Laura is in the final months of pregnancy with her first child. Our money’s usually running low by this time of the month. Performances were banned for the entire month of June. The President was involved in discussions in the months leading up to the war. The festival is always held in the month of May. The months of July and August are the hottest. The past few months have been hectic. This has been a record month for sales. To occupy the intervening months she took a temporary job. We’re getting married in a month/​in a month’s time. We’ve been here five whole months now. What does the salary work out as per month? Winning stories will be published in the magazine in future months. hot summer months paid by the month the Muslim holy month of Ramadan the early months of 2003Idioms (especially British English) a person or thing that is very popular at a particular time Environmental issues are no longer the flavour of the month. I’m not exactly flavour of the month around here at the moment. (informal) used to emphasize that something will never happen You won't find it, not in a month of Sundays.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: month