the last (12th) month of the year
The twelfth and last month of the Gregorian calendar, following November and preceding the January of the following year. Abbreviation: Dec or Dec.
Origin: From decembre, from decembre, from december, from Latin decem, from Proto-Indo-European *dekm, ten; December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar.
the twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty-one days. During this month occurs the winter solstice
fig.: With reference to the end of the year and to the winter season; as, the December of his life
Origin: [F. dcembre, from L. December, fr. decem ten; this being the tenth month among the early Romans, who began the year in March. See Ten.]
December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December in the first month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, December is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Northern hemisphere, which is the first month of summer. December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. December starts on the same day of the week as September every year and ends on the same day of the week as April every year.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-sem′bėr, n. the tenth month among the Romans, who began their year with March: with us, the twelfth month of the year.—adj. Decem′berly, wintry, cold.—n. Decem′brist, one of those who took part in the Russian conspiracy of December 1825. [L. decem, ten.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the twelfth month of the year, so called, i. e. tenth, by the Romans, as their year began with March.
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The numerical value of December in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of December in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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