Re-Latinized from Middle English feoverel, from Old French feverier, from Latin februārius, of the month of purification, from februa, the Roman festival of purification, plural of februum; perhaps from Latin febris (“fever”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʷʰris, an extension of the root *dʰegʷʰ- (“to burn”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɛb.ɹʊ.ə.ɹi/, /ˈfɛb.j(ʊ.)ə.ɹi/, /ˈfɛb.ɹə.ɹi/, /ˈfɛb.ɹi/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɛb.ɹuˌɛɹi/, /ˈfɛb.juˌɛ(ə)ɹi/, /ˈfɛb.juˌæɹi/; enPR: fĕbʹro͞o-ĕr'-ē, fĕbʹyo͞o-ĕr'-ē
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In the UK pronunciation /ˈfɛb.ɹi/ (*Febry) the sequence /ɹə.ɹi/ in /ˈfɛb.ɹə.ɹi/ (*Febrery) is simplified to /ɹi/ by haplology.
- The pronunciation of the first r as /j/ has come about by dissimilation and analogy with January.
- February is usually abbreviated <Feb> or <Feb.>.