August is not just the eighth month of the year; it also describes something esteemed or regal. The 200-year-old newspaper covering the royal wedding might be called an august institution.

The month August was named for Augustus Caesar who was an important and regal person. This is an easy way to remember the two meanings. Interestingly enough, linguists think that the word august did not descend from the same root as the month August. Find that hard to believe? August sources disagree. Oh, and don't forget to pronounce each word properly — the month has the accent on the first syllable, the adjective on the second.

Definitions of august
  1. adjective
    profoundly honored
    synonyms: revered, venerable
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
  2. adjective
    of or befitting a lord
    “of august lineage”
    synonyms: grand, lordly
    of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times
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