Word of the Week: November

November is a noun and defined as the eleventh month of the Gregorian calendar. First used around the 13th century, November is one of the many words in the English language that has its roots in Latin. Historical names for November include the Anglo-Saxon word Blōtmonath, or the “the month of blood sacrifices,” since the livestock that would not make it through the winter would be slaughtered to increase food stores and to offer to the gods.

Today, the most widely used calendar is the Gregorian calendar. Introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, the Gregorian calendar can be traced back to the Roman calendar, which consisted of 10 months and a dead period during winter. The original 10 months were Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. November was named after the Latin word for nine, novem, because it was originally the ninth month in the early Roman calendar. When January officially became the first month of the calendar year, after 450 BC, November was pushed from the ninth to eleventh month. 

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“November.” Merriam-Webster.com

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