Definitions for Februaryˈfɛb ruˌɛr i, ˈfɛb yu-; ˈfɛb ruˌɛr i; ˈfɛb yuˌɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Feb•ru•ar•y*ˈfɛb ruˌɛr i, ˈfɛb yu-; ˈfɛb ruˌɛr i; ˈfɛb yuˌɛr i(n.)(pl.)-ar•ies, -ar•ys.

  1. the second month of the year, ordinarily containing 28 days, but containing 29 days in leap years.

    Ref: Abbr.: Feb. 2

* 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 bothandare considered standard.

Origin of February:

bef. 1000; ME; OE Februarius < L Februārius

Princeton's WordNet

  1. February, Feb(noun)

    the month following January and preceding March

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. February(noun)ˈfɛb ruˌɛr i, ˈfɛb yu-

    the 2nd month of the year

    It starts in February.; February 25th


  1. February(ProperNoun)

    The second month of the Gregorian calendar, following January and preceding March.

  2. Origin: Re-Latinized from feoverel, from feverier, from februarius, of the month of purification, from februa, the Roman festival of purification, plural of februum; perhaps from febris, from Proto-Indo-European base *dhegh-, to burn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. February(noun)

    the second month in the year, said to have been introduced into the Roman calendar by Numa. In common years this month contains twenty-eight days; in the bissextile, or leap year, it has twenty-nine days


  1. February

    February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years. February is the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere, in meteorological reckoning. February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. February

    the second month of the year, was added along with January by Numa to the end of the original Roman year of 10 months; derived its name from a festival offered annually on the 15th day to Februus, an ancient Italian god of the nether world; was assigned its present position in the calendar by Julius Cæsar, who also introduced the intercalary day for leap-year.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'February' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1211

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    Rank popularity for the word 'February' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1598

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the second month of the year, the month following January.

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