October

See also: october

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, borrowed from Old French octobre, from Latin octōber (eighth month), from Latin octō (eight), from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw (twice four); + Latin -ber, from -bris, an adjectival suffix; October was the eighth month in the Roman calendar.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɒkˈtəʊbə/
  • (US) enPR: äk-tōʹbər, IPA(key): /ɑkˈtoʊbəɹ/, [ɑkˈtʰoʊbɚ]
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Proper nounEdit

October (plural Octobers)

  1. The tenth month of the Gregorian calendar, following September and preceding November. Abbreviation: Oct.
  2. (rare) A female given name from English.
    • 2002 January, Cincinnati Magazine, volume 35, number 4, page 138:
      The other one [book] I just read is October Suite by Maxine Clair (Random House, $23.95). It's about a woman named October. She's a young black schoolteacher in the 1950s ...
    • 2009, C.S. Graham, The Archangel Project (→ISBN), page 31:
      From somewhere in the distance came the screaming whine of an emergency vehicle's siren. Lance flipped open his phone. “Get me the address of a woman named October Guinness . . . That's right, October,” he said again, [...]

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October (uncountable)

  1. (now historical) A type of ale traditionally brewed in October. [from 18th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. IV, ch. 114:
      [T]he gate of a large chateau, of a most noble and venerable appearance […] induced them to alight and view the apartments, contrary to their first intention of drinking a glass of his October at the door.

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October (third-person singular simple present Octobers, present participle Octobering, simple past and past participle Octobered)

 
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  1. (historical, transitive) In the early Soviet Union, to give a child a name tinged with Soviet revolutionary thought, as opposed to religious christening.

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin octōber (of the eighth month).

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October

  1. October

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