American English

Definition of month noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 next month. She earns $2,000 a month. The rent is $800 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, June 3rd to July 3rd 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 Portland once or twice a month. see also lunar month
  3. 3months [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. Idioms
    flavor of the month
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    a person or thing that is very popular at a particular time Environmental issues are no longer the flavor of the month.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: month