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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. =
  • To make brown or sunburnt. Evelyn.
  • To ripen; bring to fruition.
  • 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.

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


Latin augustus; see aug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin augustus ("majestic, venerable"). (Wiktionary)
From August (Wiktionary)



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  • 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