List & Abbreviations for Months: List of Months and Abbreviations

Wondering how you abbreviate months of the year or simply the word “month?” You’ve come to the right place to learn.

What Are the Months of the Year

You probably came to this page to learn what the months are in order so here you go:

List of Months in Order

In English-speaking countries, here is a list of months of the year in order:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Comma Separated List of Months in Order

We used our comma separator tool to create this list:

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December

How Many Days Are in Each Month

  1. January – 31 days
  2. February – 28 days (29 days during leap years)
  3. March – 31 days
  4. April – 30 days
  5. May – 31 days
  6. June – 30 days
  7. July – 31 days
  8. August – 31 days
  9. September – 30 days
  10. October – 31 days
  11. November – 30 days
  12. December – 31 days

How Do You Abbreviate Months of the Year

However, when it comes to the individual months they each have their own abbreviation and they are far more prevalent in day-to-day use. The abbreviations of the twelve months are listed as follows:

Month List 3-Letter Abbreviation 2-Letter Abbreviation
January Jan. JA (JY & JN could be confused with June/July)
February Feb. FE
March Mar. MR
April Apr. AP
May May MY
June Jun. JN
July Jul. JL
August Aug. AU
September Sep. or Sept. SE
October Oct. OC
November Nov. NV
December Dec. DE

 

Month AbbreviationsThe general rule to abbreviate each month is simply to take the first three letters in each one, which makes it easy to remember and to put into practice.

Two exceptions technically exist, the first being May which is only three letters long and as such arguably has no abbreviation. And then there is September, which can be abbreviated as Sep, but is also abbreviated often as Sept. which has four letters instead.

All in all, the three-letter rule works perfectly fine for all months and should be kept in mind.

When to Use the Abbreviations

Abbreviations, as a rule, are only meant to be used when it’s important to save space or avoid constant repetition. What this means is that the above abbreviations will likely see use mainly when it comes to newspaper headers, printed articles, specialized reports with extensive length and presentation cards. Any context where saving space is relevant will make a great place to use the abbreviation.

Additionally due to their importance when it comes to dates and times the abbreviation of the months can be common in calendars and any sort of displays that give the date, like those found in clocks and phones.

Additionally, certain style guides have very specific rules for abbreviating months. These rules for MLA and APA include:

  • MLA: All months are abbreviated as above, except for May, June, and July, which are spelled out in full. Abbreviations begin with a capital letter and end with a period.
  • APA: Spell out the month completely. Avoid abbreviations when possible.

Some Examples of When to Use Abbreviations

  • The company expects to see increased profits between Apr. and Jun.
  • Dec. 24th is an important date all over the world.

About the Word Month

How Do You Abbreviate the Word Month

The short form of month is usually abbreviated as MTH, however as the purpose of an abbreviation is to save on space and month itself isn’t too long of a word it’s rare to see this form used. MTH is usually relegated to small displays particularly in clocks and calendars.

The abbreviations of “month” are:

  • mth (plural mths)
  • mo/mos (MLA style)
  • m’th
  • m-th
  • mo. (plural mos.)

Definition of Month

A month is defined as a period of roughly four weeks, which makes up one of the twelve periods that form a year.

Due to the various differences in the exact amount of days each month has there isn’t a meaning based on a specific length, but the main factor in the definition is always the notion that a month makes up roughly one twelfth of the year.

Synonyms for Month

Technically speaking the word, the word month doesn’t have a synonym, and neither do the individual months of the year. This is largely because they are proper nouns, and that’s the only word required to refer to the concepts.

Based on the context it might be possible to use words such as Date, Past or Weeks as replacements for month. But in these cases it’ll be more due to the associated context of the phrase, not because they are direct synonyms of the word month.

FAQs

What Are the Spanish Months? Spanish Months in Order

List of Spanish Months

enero
febrero
marzo
abril
mayo
junio
julio
agosto
septiembre
octubre
noviembre
diciembre

Table of Spanish Months

Spanish Month English Month
enero January
febrero February
marzo March
abril April
mayo May
junio June
julio July
agosto August
septiembre September
octubre October
noviembre November
diciembre December

What Are the German Months? German Months in Order

List of German Months

Januar
Februar
März
April
Mai
Juni
Juli
August
September
Oktober
November
Dezember

Table of German Months

German Month English Month
Januar January
Februar February
März March
April April
Mai May
Juni June
Juli July
August August
September September
Oktober October
November November
Dezember December

What Are the French Months? French Months in Order

List of French Months

janvier
février
mars
avril
mai
juin
juillet
aout
septembre
octobre
novembre
décembre

Table of French Months

French Month English Month
janvier January
février February
mars March
avril April
mai May
juin June
juillet July
aout August
septembre September
octobre October
novembre November
décembre December

What Are the Italian Months? Italian Months in Order

List of Italian Months

gennaio
febbraio
marzo
aprile
maggio
giugno
luglio
agosto
settembre
ottobre
novembre
dicembre

Table of Italian Months

Italian Month English Month
gennaio January
febbraio February
marzo March
aprile April
maggio May
giugno June
luglio July
agosto August
settembre September
ottobre October
novembre November
dicembre December

What Are the Arabic Months? Arabic Month List

Here is a list of Hijri, Arabic months you can copy:

Muharram
Safar
Rabi I
Rabi II
Jumada I
Jumada II
Rajab
Shaaban
Ramadan
Shawwal
Dhu al-Qidah
Dhu al-Hijjah

What Are the Hindi Months? Hindi Month List

The Hindu calendar is a multi-dimensional way of structuring time, combining information about lunar days, solar days, lunar months, and solar months.

Here is a list of the Hindu calendar months in order:

Months Name in English Months Names in Hindi
(Hindu Calendar)
Months in Devanagari
January पौष – माघ जनवरी
February माघ – फाल्गुन फरवरी
March फाल्गुन – चैत्र मार्च
April चैत्र- वैशाख अप्रैल
May वैशाख- ज्येष्ठ मई
June ज्येष्ठ – आषाढ़ जून
July आषाढ़- श्रावण जुलाई
August श्रावण – भाद्रपद अगस्त
September भाद्रपद – आश्विन सितम्बर
October आश्विन – कार्तिक अक्टूबर
November कार्तिक – मार्गशीर्ष (अगहन) नवम्बर
December मार्गशीर्ष – पौष दिसम्बर

What Are the Solar Months in Astrology

Solar Month Dates in Gregorian Calendar
Libra September 23 – October 22
Scorpio October 23 – November 21
Sagittarius November 22 – December 21
Capricorn December 22 – January 19
Aquarius January 20 – February 18
Pisces February 19 – March 20
Aries March 21 – April 19
Taurus April 20 – May 20
Gemini May 21 – June 20
Cancer June 21 – July 22
Leo July 23 – August 22
Virgo August 23 – September 22

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