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inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic:
an august performance of a religious drama.
venerable; eminent:
an august personage.
the eighth month of the year, containing 31 days.
Abbreviation: Aug.
a male given name, form of .
Contemporary Examples

Lush Life by Richard Prince —Announcement, august 24, 2009.
The Barack Obama Book Club Samuel P. Jacobs August 12, 2010

Having just turned 50 in august, Obama showed common height (6-foot-1) and weight (181.3 pounds) for his age range.
Obama in ‘Excellent Health’ Daniel Stone October 30, 2011

Peter Beinart on why the front-runner should pass on his party’s first primary, not just august’s Straw Poll.
Romney’s Right to Skip Iowa Peter Beinart June 26, 2011

There was, in the immediate aftermath of the august 21 chemical weapons attack, general silence in the Jewish establishment.
Implications of AIPAC’s Lobbying on Syria Brent E. Sasley September 11, 2013

Erickson had introduced Perry in august when he kicked off his campaign at the Red State convention here in South Carolina.
Rick Perry Campaign May Be in Last Days as Conservatives Urge Him to Quit Patricia Murphy January 18, 2012

Historical Examples

First performed at the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, august 16, 1876.
Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas W. J. Henderson

The bill passed, and received the approval of the Queen, august 1, 1870.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

He was a Florentine of noble blood, and was born on august 3, 1703.
The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell

august 6, 1895, Mr. Gladstone made a great speech at Chester.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

This order was issued on the 8th of august, before the surrender of Boone.
History of Morgan’s Cavalry Basil W. Duke

dignified or imposing: an august presence
of noble birth or high rank: an august lineage
the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days

1660s, from Latin augustus “venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble,” probably originally “consecrated by the augurs, with favorable auguries” (see augur (n.)); or else “that which is increased” (see augment).

eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally “Venerable Caesar” (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað “weed month.”


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