February


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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 ?
Through January and February I went to the river with the Harlings on clear nights, and we skated up to the big island and made bonfires on the frozen sand.
They were delicious February days, with all the summer's promise hovering in the air.
On the seventh day of February, as I was hunting, to procure meat for the company, I met with a party of one hundred and two Indians, and two Frenchmen, on their march against Boonsborough, that place being particularly the object of the enemy.
One bitter morning in February the little boy who worked at the lard machine with Stanislovas came about an hour late, and screaming with pain.
Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine, in a well-furnished dining parlor, in the town of P , in Kentucky.
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 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.
In the summer it might have passed; but what can any body's native air do for them in the months of January, February, and March?
She expects to be confined in February," continued Mrs.
During January, February, and part of March, the deep snows, and, after their melting, the almost impassable roads, prevented our stirring beyond the garden walls, except to go to church; but within these limits we had to pass an hour every day in the open air.
It was a misty afternoon, but the February sun shone dimly, and we could just distinguish the two fir-trees in the yard, and the sparely-scattered gravestones.
At the end of February I left England, without having heard from him.