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January

Jan·u·ar·y

January

 
pronunciation:
jaen yu eI ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: Januaries
definition: the first month of the Gregorian calendar year, having thirty-one days.
Word History
The word January was formed from the Latin word Janus, the name of a Roman god of gates and beginnings. In Roman art, Janus has two faces, one looking back and one looking forward. The month of January is like Janus; it looks back at the old year and forward to the year to come.