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Feb·ru·ar·y

 (fĕb′ro͞o-ĕr′ē, fĕb′yo͞o-)
n. pl. Feb·ru·ar·ies
The second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.

[Middle English Februarie, from Latin Februārius (mēnsis), (month) of purification, from februa, expiatory offerings, possibly of Sabine origin.]
Usage Note: The preferred pronunciation among usage writers is (fĕb′ro͞o-ĕr′ē), but in actual usage the pronunciation (fĕb′yo͞o-ĕr′ē) is far more common and so cannot be considered incorrect. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, whereby one of two similar or identical sounds in a word is changed or dropped so that a repetition of that sound is avoided. In the case of February, the loss of the first r was also helped along by the influence of January, which has only one r.

February

(ˈfɛbrʊərɪ)
n, pl -aries
the second month of the year, consisting of 28 or (in a leap year) 29 days
[C13: from Latin Februārius mēnsis month of expiation, from februa Roman festival of purification held on February 15, from plural of februum a purgation]

Feb•ru•ar•y

(ˈfɛb ruˌɛr i, ˈfɛb yu-)

n., pl. -ar•ies, -ar•ys.
the second month of the year, ordinarily containing 28 days, but containing 29 days in leap years. Abbr.: Feb.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English Februarius < Latin Februārius]
pron: The second pronunciation shown above, with the first (r) replaced by (y), results both from dissimilation, the tendency of like sounds to become unlike when they follow each other closely, and from analogy with January. Although sometimes criticized, this dissimilated pronunciation of february is used by educated speakers and both (ˈfɛb ruˌɛr i) and (ˈfɛb yuˌɛr i) are considered standard.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.February - the month following January and preceding MarchFebruary - the month following January and preceding March
bissextile day, February 29, leap day - the name of the day that is added during a leap year
Gregorian calendar, New Style calendar - the solar calendar now in general use, introduced by Gregory XIII in 1582 to correct an error in the Julian calendar by suppressing 10 days, making Oct 5 be called Oct 15, and providing that only centenary years divisible by 400 should be leap years; it was adopted by Great Britain and the American colonies in 1752
Candlemas, Candlemas Day, Feb 2 - feast day commemorating the presentation of Christ in the temple; a quarter day in Scotland
February 2, Groundhog Day - if the ground hog emerges and sees his shadow on this day, there will be 6 more weeks of winter
February 12, Lincoln's Birthday - the day on which President Abraham Lincoln is remembered
February 14, Saint Valentine's Day, St Valentine's Day, Valentine Day, Valentine's Day - a day for the exchange of tokens of affection
February 22, Washington's Birthday - the day on which George Washington is remembered
Presidents' Day - the third Monday in February; commemorates both presidents Lincoln and Washington
Gregorian calendar month - a month in the Gregorian calendar
mid-February - the middle part of February
Translations
Februarie
شباطشهر شْباطفبرايرفِبْرَايِر
февруари
febrer
únor
februarblidemåned
februaro
veebruar
فوریه
helmikuu
פברואר
फरवरी
veljačafebruar
február
februario
februari
febrúar
二月
2월이월
februarius
vasaris
februāris
ഫെബ്രുവരി
făurarfebruarie
február
februar
februarveljačaвељачафебруар
februari
februari
เดือนกุมภาพันธ์กุมภาพันธ์
лютий
فروری
tháng hai

February

[ˈfebrʊərɪ] Nfebrero m
see July for usage

February

[ˈfɛbjruəri]
nfévrier m
in February → en février
see also July
modif [figures, meeting] → de février
to have a February birthday → avoir son anniversaire en février

February

nFebruar m ? September

February

[ˈfɛbrʊərɪ] nfebbraio
for usage see July

February

(ˈfebruəri) noun
the second month of the year, the month following January.

February

فِبْرَايِر únor februar Februar Φεβρουάριος febrero helmikuu février veljača febbraio 二月 2월 februari februar luty fevereiro февраль februari เดือนกุมภาพันธ์ Şubat tháng Hai 二月
References in classic literature ?
About the 10th of February, the preparations were pretty well completed; and the balloons, firmly secured, one within the other, were altogether finished.
Ogg's, which shows its aged, fluted red roofs and the broad gables of its wharves between the low wooded hill and the river-brink, tingeing the water with a soft purple hue under the transient glance of this February sun.
For four days, till the 3rd of February, the Nautilus scoured the Sea of Oman, at various speeds and at various depths.
That the Trust was to lapse, and that the young gentleman was to receive the twenty thousand pounds on the day when he came of age, in the month of February, eighteen hundred and fifty.
ON the 3d of February, Matthieu, with the residue of his band, arrived in camp.
Objection That The Number of Members Will Not Be Augmented as the Progress of Population Demands Considered For the Independent Journal Wednesday, February 20, 1788
IT was a busy time for Adam--the time between the beginning of November and the beginning of February, and he could see little of Hetty, except on Sundays.
Extract from the Report of a meeting of the Bonapartist Club in the Rue Saint-Jacques, held February 5th, 1815.
On the first of February, 1830, two boy babes were born in his house; one to him, one to one of his slave girls, Roxana by name.
Well, on the 5th of February, he sold the fine carriage, and bought a cheap second-hand one--said it would answer just as well to take the money home in, and he didn't care for style.
On the evening of the 12th of February, the Tonquin anchored in the bay of Karakakooa, in the island of Owyhee.
Finding my first seed did not grow, which I easily imagined was by the drought, I sought for a moister piece of ground to make another trial in, and I dug up a piece of ground near my new bower, and sowed the rest of my seed in February, a little before the vernal equinox; and this having the rainy months of March and April to water it, sprung up very pleasantly, and yielded a very good crop; but having part of the seed left only, and not daring to sow all that I had, I had but a small quantity at last, my whole crop not amounting to above half a peck of each kind.