august [aw-guhst] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
  2. venerable; eminent: an august personage.

Origin of august 1655–65; Latin augustus sacred, grand, akin to augēre to increase. See eke1 Related formsau·gust·ly, adverbau·gust·ness, noun Examples from the Web for augustly Historical Examples of augustly

  • “You may be augustly sure he is not,” chuckled the cruel Mata.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • In the Capitol he throned so augustly that we swear by him still.

    The Lords of the Ghostland

    Edgar Saltus

  • “If the legislature does its part, I will do mine,” responded Lyons, augustly.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant

  • To me it soon grew to be so nobly, so augustly ugly, that it was difficult to stay away from it, even for a little while.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Augustly enter the world of the venerable dead again, luscious one, your honorable father looks this way.

    Six One-Act Plays

    Margaret Scott Oliver

  • British Dictionary definitions for augustly august adjective

    1. dignified or imposingan august presence
    2. of noble birth or high rankan august lineage

    Derived Formsaugustly, adverbaugustness, nounWord Origin for august C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase August noun

    1. the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days

    Word Origin for August Old English, from Latin, named after the emperor Augustus Word Origin and History for augustly august adj.

    1660s, from Latin augustus “venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble,” probably originally “consecrated by the augurs, with favorable auguries” (see augur (n.)); or else “that which is increased” (see augment).


    eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally “Venerable Caesar” (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað “weed month.”

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