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the fourth month of the year, containing 30 days.
Abbreviation: Apr.
a female given name.
Contemporary Examples

In April, a clinical psychologist diagnosed her with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Iran Hikers’ Two-Year Ordeal Ramin Setoodeh September 13, 2011

“I think he’s attractive, an interesting guy,” she said about him in April.
World Cup Primer Joshua Robinson June 11, 2010

In April, a group of William and Mary political scientists did the most comprehensive survey of Tea Party supporters yet.
Mitch McConnell and John Boehner Lose Their Grip on the Republican Party Peter Beinart July 21, 2013

That is the lesson we took from Memphis on that April day when we lost a King, and from Los Angeles when we lost another Kennedy.
We Can Do Well Jon Favreau April 16, 2013

In April, the new democratically elected South Korean President, Lee Myung Bak lifted a ban on imported American beef.
The Internet Is Bad For You Andrew Keen December 18, 2008

Historical Examples

The ‘Sunbeam’ left Macassar on the evening of the 20th of April.
The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

Consolidated is no now, and it’ll be up to 150 by April at the latest.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

It was not, however, until the 7th April 1588 that he got into trouble.
A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898 Henry R. Plomer

The last ever heard of him was a letter, dated the 3rd of April, 1848.
Explorations in Australia John Forrest

His mind seems to have given way, and he died there on April 16, 1645.
The Violoncello and Its History Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

the fourth month of the year, consisting of 30 days

c.1300, aueril, from Old French avril (11c.), from Latin (mensis) Aprilis “(month) of Venus,” second month of the ancient Roman calendar, dedicated to the goddess Venus and perhaps based on Apru, an Etruscan borrowing of Greek Aphrodite. In English in Latin form from mid-12c. Replaced Old English Eastermonað, which was similarly named for a fertility goddess. Re-spelled in Middle English on Latin model (apprile first attested late 14c.).


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