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

  • n. The 12th month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The twelfth and last month of the Gregorian calendar, following November and preceding the January of the following year. Abbreviation: Dec or Dec.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty-one days. During this month occurs the winter solstice.
  • proper n. Fig.: With reference to the end of the year and to the winter season.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That month of the year in which the sun touches the tropic of Capricorn at the winter solstice, being then at his greatest distance south of the equator; the twelfth and last month according to the modern mode of reckoning time, having thirty-one days. In the Roman calendar it was the tenth month, reckoning from March. Abbreviated Dec.

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

  • n. the last (12th) month of the year

Etymologies

Middle English decembre, from Old French, from Latin December, the tenth month of the Roman year, probably from *decemmembris, from *decem-mēnsris : decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots + mēnsis, month; see menses.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English decembre, from Old French decembre, from Latin december ("tenth month"), from Latin decem ("ten"), from Proto-Indo-European *dekm, ten; December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar. (Wiktionary)

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