January definition

jănyo͝o-ĕrē
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The first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
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The first month of the year, having 31 days.
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The first month of the Gregorian calendar, following the December of the previous year and preceding February. Abbreviation: Jan or Jan.

01/01/09 : Thursday, January 1st, 2009.

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Noun

Singular:
january
Plural:
januaries, januarys

Origin of january

  • Middle English Januarie, Jenever from Old North French Jenever from Latin Iānuārius (mēnsis) (month) of Janus from Iānus Janus ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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".

    From Wiktionary