- Word History
|part of speech:
||the first month of the Gregorian calendar year, having thirty-one days.
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.