Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The fourth month of the Gregorian calendar, following March and preceding May. Abbreviation: Apr or Apr.
  • proper n. A female given name for somebody born in April; used since early 20th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fourth month of the year.
  • n. Fig.: With reference to April being the month in which vegetation begins to put forth, the variableness of its weather, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fourth month of the year, containing thirty days.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the month following March and preceding May

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin aprīlis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English apprile, re-Latinized from aueril, from Old French avrill, from Latin aprīlis ("of the month of the goddess Venus"), perhaps based on Etruscan Apru, from Ancient Greek Αφροδίτη (Afrodíte, "Venus"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • April, without entering the cottage, hangs over the hungry nestlings watching them.] _April.

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  • April comes along singing, and stands outside and out of sight to finish her song.] _April.

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  • IV. iii.41 (352,6) To the April day again] That is, _to the wedding day_, called by the poet, satirically, _April day_, or _fool's day_.

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  • The open streams API launched in April is a significant example.

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  • Consumer prices rose 2.8 percent in April from a year earlier, the fastest pace in 18 months, and property prices jumped 12.8 percent, the statistics bureau said in statements today.

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  • The cancellation of an invitation to speak to a legitimate campus group at Wyoming in April is a case in point.

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  • Looking at the success rate of Senate predictions made in April is a sobering experience.

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  • Marino, who has been detained as a danger to the community since his arrest in April, is still viewed by the feds as one of three family capos who serve on a ruling panel that now runs the beleaguered crime family - a factor that obviously has some bearing on the government's hard-nosed tactics.

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