Spelling of February: February is spelled F-e-b-r-u-a-r-y. The “f” should always be capitalized because it is the name of a month.
Definition of February: February is the second month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars; it is the month immediately after January, which is the first month of the year.
In some countries, the holiday Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th.
February is the shortest month of the year, with less than 30 days. In common years, the month has 28 days, but in leap years the month has 29 days. Leap years occur every four years.
Pronunciation of February: February is usually pronounced feb-you-airy, though it is properly pronounced fe-brew-airy.
How to Use February in a Sentence
- In Canada, February is one of the coldest months of the year, whereas in countries in the Southern Hemisphere it is one of the hottest.
- We are going on a family skiing trip to Colorado next February and I can barely wait.
The plural of February is Februaries and Februarys, though the plural form is very rarely used.
Facts About February: Did You Know?
March was originally the first month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar, making February the last.
During the last weeks of the year, people made up for their wrongdoings to the gods by performing purification rituals. Such rituals were referred to as februa in Latin, and this is how the month of February received its name.
History & Etymology of February
The word February came into use in the English language before the 12th century, according to Merriam-Webster’s.
The word February comes from the Middle English word Februarie from the Old English word Februarius. Ultimately, this word is of Latin origin, from the word Februa, which is the plural form meaning feast of purification.
Synonyms for February
There are no synonyms for the word February because it is the name of a specific month.
Outside Examples of February
- The value of construction starts in the Houston area rose 17 percent from a year ago to $1.33 billion in February, lifted by an increase in commercial projects, a new report shows. – The Houston Chronicle
- The city will likely go the entire months of January and February with no measurable snowfall — the first time the city has gone without snow on the ground in those two months in 146 years of record-keeping, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. – Chicago Sun-Times
The word February is a proper noun denoting the second month of the year in the Gregorian and Julian calendar.