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December About this sound (listen) is the 12th and last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December starts on the same day as September every year and ends on the same day as April every year.



In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a month less winter period was divided between January and February.


December's flower is the narcissus or holly. December's birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite.

December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

December in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological winter is 1 December. In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological summer is 1 December.

Events in December

December, from the Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry

December symbols

The poinsettia


See also

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  • December — De*cem ber (d[ e]*s[e^]m b[ e]r), prop. n. [F. d[ e]cembre, from L. December, fr. decem ten; this being the tenth month among the early Romans, who began the year in March. See {Ten}.] 1. The twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • DECEMBER — mensis nomen sic dicti, quod decimus esser a Martio, quem anni primum habuere Romani, Ab adulatoribus Commodi Imp. Amazcnius vocatus est, in honorem concubinae eius Martiae, quam pictam in Amazone diligebat, ut ex Aelio Lamprid. discimus: sed… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • December — c.1000, from O.Fr. decembre, from L. December, from decem ten (see TEN (Cf. ten)); tenth month of the old Roman calendar, which began with March. The ber in four L. month names is probably from bris, an adjectival suffix. Tucker thinks that the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • December — [dē sem′bər, disem′bər] n. [ME & OFr Decembre < L December < decem, TEN (+ ber < ?): so named as the tenth month of the ancient Roman year, which began with March] the twelfth and last month of the year, having 31 days: abbrev. Dec. or D …   English World dictionary

  • December — December, der 10. (daher der Name) Monat im alten römischen Jahre, dessen 1. Monat der März war; Romulus gab ihm 30, Numa 29, Jul. Cäsar 31 Tage. Er war dem Saturnus gewidmet. Im Julianischen u. Gregorianischen Kalender ist er der 12. Monat u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • December — etc., s. Dezember etc …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • December — December, nach dem alten römischen Jahre der 10. Monat, woher der Name. Er war dem Saturnus gewidmet, und man feierte während desselben die Saturnalien, Faunalien und Laurentinalien. Nach dem Julianischen und Gregorianischen Kalender ist er der… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • December — December, der 12. Monat in unserm Kalender, im altröm. der 10., weil ihr Jahr mit März anfing …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • December — ► NOUN ▪ the twelfth month of the year. ORIGIN Latin, from decem ten (being originally the tenth month of the Roman year) …   English terms dictionary

  • December — 1. Auf kalten December mit tüchtigem Schnee folgt ein fruchtbares Jahr mit reichlichem Klee. – Boebel, 112. 2. December kalt mit Schnee, gibt Korn auf jeder Höh . – Boebel, 111. 3. December veränderlich und lind, der ganze Winter ein Kind. –… …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

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