part of speech: noun

inflections: Januaries

definition: the first month of the year. January has 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.