Definitions

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

  • adj. Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic: the august presence of the monarch. See Synonyms at grand.
  • adj. Venerable for reasons of age or high rank.

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  • adj. Noble, venerable, majestic, awe-inspiring, often of the highest social class (sometimes used ironically).
  • adj. Of noble birth.
  • v. To make ripe
  • v. To bring to realisation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a quality inspiring mingled admiration and reverence; having an aspect of solemn dignity or grandeur; sublime; majestic; having exalted birth, character, state, or authority.
  • n. The eighth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inspiring reverence and admiration; majestic; solemnly grand or stately; sublime; magnificent; imposing.
  • Venerable; worshipful; eminent. =
  • n. The eighth month of the year, containing thirty-one days, reckoned the first month of autumn in Great Britain, but the last of summer in the United States. See month.
  • To make brown or sunburnt. Evelyn.
  • To ripen; bring to fruition.

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

  • adj. of or befitting a lord
  • n. the month following July and preceding September
  • adj. profoundly honored

Etymologies

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

Latin augustus; see aug- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin augustus ("majestic, venerable").

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From August

Examples

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  • I just encountered this word in a crostic puzzle. It was the first time I'd ever seen it used as an adjective. Why didn't they just use "Eighth month" as the clue?

    August 11, 2017

  • As an adjective it sounds like "a gust".

    February 16, 2007

  • A pretty word when used as an adjective. An awkward-sounding word as a proper noun.

    February 16, 2007