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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The first month of the Gregorian calendar, following the December of the previous year and preceding February. Abbreviation: Jan or Jan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first month of the year, according to present and the later Roman reckoning, consisting of thirty-one days. Abbreviated Jan.

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

  • n. the first month of the year; begins 10 days after the winter solstice

Etymologies

Middle English Januarie, Jenever, from Old North French Jenever, from Latin Iānuārius (mēnsis), (month) of Janus, from Iānus, Janus; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Re-Latinized from Middle English Ieneuer, from Anglo-Norman genever, from Latin iānuārius ("(month) of Janus"), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European base *ei-, "to go". (Wiktionary)

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