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Dictionary Definition



1 the month following February and preceding April [syn: Mar]
2 the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind); "it was a long march"; "we heard the sound of marching" [syn: marching]
3 a steady advance; "the march of science"; "the march of time"
4 a procession of people walking together; "the march went up Fifth Avenue"
5 district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area; "the Welsh marches between England and Wales" [syn: borderland, border district, marchland]
6 genre of music written for marching; "Sousa wrote the best marches" [syn: marching music]
7 a degree granted for the successful completion of advanced study of architecture [syn: Master of Architecture]


1 march in a procession; "They processed into the dining room" [syn: process]
2 force to march; "The Japanese marched their prisoners through Manchuria"
3 walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride; "He marched into the classroom and announced the exam"; "The soldiers marched across the border"
4 march in protest; take part in a demonstration; "Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle" [syn: demonstrate]
5 walk ostentatiously; "She parades her new husband around town" [syn: parade, exhibit]
6 cause to march or go at a marching pace; "They marched the mules into the desert"
7 lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland" [syn: border, adjoin, edge, abut, butt, butt against, butt on]

User Contributed Dictionary

see March



Etymology 1

marcher, from marchier, perhaps from Frankish *|markon, from *|marko, from *|mereg-


  1. A formal, rhythmic way of walking, used especially by soldiers, bands and in ceremonies.
  2. A political rally or parade
  3. Any song in the genre of music written for marching (see Wikipedia's article on this type of music)
  4. Steady forward movement or progression.
    The march of time.
  5. Smallage.
Derived terms
Related terms
formal, rhythmic way of walking
  • Catalan: marxa
  • Czech: pochod
  • Danish: march
  • Dutch: mars
  • Estonian: marss
  • Finnish: marssi
  • French:
  • German: Marsch
  • Hebrew: צעידה
  • Icelandic: marsering
  • Italian: marcia
  • Latvian: maršs
  • Norwegian: marsj
  • Polish: marsz
  • Portuguese: marcha
  • Russian: марш
  • Slovene: marš
  • Spanish: marcha
  • Swedish: marsch
  • Tagalog: martsa
political rally or parade
  • Catalan: manifestació
  • Danish: march
  • Dutch: mars
  • Estonian: marss
  • Finnish: marssi
  • French: défilé, manifestation
  • German: Parade
  • Hebrew: מצעד (mits'ad) , צעדה (tseadá)
  • Icelandic: ganga, kröfuganga
  • Italian: marcia
  • Norwegian: marsj
  • Polish: marsz
  • Portuguese: passeata, marcha
  • Russian: марш
  • Spanish: marcha, manifestación
  • Swedish: marsch, tåg
  • Tagalog: martsa
song in the genre of music written for marching
  • Catalan: marxa
  • Czech: pochod
  • Danish: march
  • Dutch: mars
  • Estonian: marss
  • Finnish: marssi
  • French: marche
  • German: Marsch, Marschmusik
  • Hebrew: מארש
  • Icelandic: mars
  • Italian: marcia
  • Latvian: maršs
  • Norwegian: marsj
  • Polish: marsz
  • Portuguese: marcha
  • Russian: марш
  • Slovene: marš
  • Spanish: marcha
  • Swedish: marsch
  • Tagalog: martsa
steady forward movement or progression
  • Catalan: pas
  • Danish: gang, udvikling
  • Estonian: marss
  • Finnish: marssi
  • German: Fortgang, Lauf
  • Icelandic: gangur
  • Italian: marcia
  • Norwegian: gang, forløp
  • Polish: marsz
  • Portuguese: marcha
  • Russian: ход (χod) , течение (tečénije)
  • Swedish: fortgång, framsteg, framåtskridande, utveckling
  • Tagalog: martsa
obsolete: smallage
See smallage


  1. To walk with long, regular strides, as a soldier does.
  2. To go to war; to make military advances.
walk with long, regular strides
  • Czech: pochodovat
  • Danish: marchere, udvikle sig (figurative)
  • Dutch: marcheren
  • Estonian: marssima
  • Finnish: marssia
  • French: marcher
  • German: marschieren
  • Hebrew: לצעוד
  • Icelandic: marsera
  • Italian: marciare
  • Norwegian: marsjere
  • Polish: maszerować
  • Portuguese: marchar
  • Russian: маршировать (marširovát’)
  • Slovene: korakati
  • Spanish: marchar
  • Swedish: marschera, tåga
go to war; make military advances

Etymology 2

From marche, from marche, from Frankish *|marka, from *|marko, from *|mereg-.


  1. a border region, especially one originally set up to defend a boundary
  2. A region at a frontier governed by a marquess
obsolete: border region
  • Dutch: grensmark
  • Finnish: rajamaa
  • German: Mark
  • Italian: marca
  • Norwegian: grenseland
  • Spanish: marca
  • Swedish: gränsland
region at a frontier governed by a marquess
  • Breton: marz , marzoù p
  • Dutch: mark
  • Estonian: mark
  • German: Mark
  • Spanish: marca
  • Swedish: mark


  1. To have common borders or frontiers
to have common borders or frontiers
  • Swedish: gränsa till

Extensive Definition

March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.
March begins (according to non-sidereal astrology) with the sun in the sign of Pisces and ends in the sign of Aries. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Aquarius and ends in the constellation of Pisces.
March in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of September in the Northern Hemisphere.
The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and called Martius after Mars, the Roman god of war. In Rome, where the climate is Mediterranean, March is the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season. The numbered year began on March 1 in Russia until the end of the fifteenth century. Great Britain and her colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, the same year they finally adopted the Gregorian calendar. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March.
In Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu, which originates from maallinen kuu meaning earthy month. This is because in maaliskuu earth started to show from under the snow. Historical names for March include Saxon: Lenctmonat, named for the equinox and eventual lengthening of days and the eventual namesake of Lent. Saxons also called March Rhed-monat or Hreth-monath (for their goddess Rhedam/Hreth), and Angles called it Hyld-monath

Events in March


  • March begins on the same day of the week as November in all years (i.e. March 1 = November 1) and February in common years.
  • From March onwards, every five months will be exactly the same as the day before the day that begins the month five months ago. Thus, March 1 = August 2, April 1 = September 2, May 1 = October 2, etc. This is due to the fact that from March onwards, every five months equal exactly 153 days, which is one day shy of being divisible by seven.
  • March's birthstone is Aquamarine.
  • March's birth flower is the Daffodil.
  • March is said to "come in like a lion, out like a lamb." Some variants of the proverb reverse the "lamb/lion" ordering.
march in Afrikaans: Maart
march in Tosk Albanian: März
march in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Hrēþmōnaþ
march in Arabic: مارس
march in Aragonese: Marzo
march in Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE): ܐܕܪ
march in Franco-Provençal: Mârs (mês)
march in Asturian: Marzu
march in Guarani: Jasyapy
march in Aymara: Achuqa phaxsi
march in Azerbaijani: Mart
march in Bengali: মার্চ
march in Min Nan: 3 goe̍h
march in Belarusian: Сакавік
march in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Сакавік
march in Bosnian: Mart
march in Breton: Meurzh (miz)
march in Bulgarian: Март
march in Catalan: Març
march in Yakut: Кулун тутар
march in Chuvash: Пуш
march in Cebuano: Marso
march in Czech: Březen
march in Corsican: Marzu
march in Welsh: Mawrth (mis)
march in Danish: Marts
march in German: März
march in Dhivehi: މާރޗް
march in Lower Sorbian: Pózymski
march in Estonian: Märts
march in Modern Greek (1453-): Μάρτιος
march in Erzya: Эйзюрков
march in Spanish: Marzo
march in Esperanto: Marto
march in Basque: Martxo
march in Ewe: Tedoxe
march in Extremaduran: Marçu
march in Persian: مارس
march in Faroese: Mars
march in Fijian Hindustani: March
march in French: Mars (mois)
march in Western Frisian: Maart
march in Friulian: Març
march in Irish: Márta
march in Gan Chinese: 三月
march in Manx: Mart
march in Scottish Gaelic: Am Màrt
march in Galician: Marzo
march in Korean: 3월
march in Armenian: Մարտ
march in Upper Sorbian: Měrc
march in Croatian: Ožujak
march in Ido: Marto
march in Igbo: March
march in Iloko: Marso
march in Indonesian: Maret
march in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Martio
march in Interlingue: Marte
march in Icelandic: Mars (mánuður)
march in Italian: Marzo
march in Hebrew: מרץ
march in Javanese: Maret
march in Kannada: ಮಾರ್ಚ್
march in Georgian: მარტი
march in Kashubian: Strumiannik
march in Kazakh: Наурыз
march in Cornish: Mys Merth
march in Kirghiz: Март
march in Swahili (macrolanguage): Machi
march in Haitian: Mas (mwa)
march in Kurdish: Adar
march in Ladino: Marso
march in Lao: ມີນາ
march in Latin: Martius
march in Latvian: Marts
march in Luxembourgish: Mäerz
march in Lithuanian: Kovas
march in Ligurian: Marso
march in Limburgan: Miert
march in Lingala: Sánzá ya mísáto
march in Hungarian: Március
march in Malagasy: Martsa
march in Malayalam: മാര്‍ച്ച്
march in Maltese: Marzu
march in Maori: Poutū-te-rangi
march in Marathi: मार्च
march in Malay (macrolanguage): Mac
march in Dutch: Maart
march in Dutch Low Saxon: Meert
march in Japanese: 3月
march in Neapolitan: Màrzo
march in Norwegian: Mars
march in Norwegian Nynorsk: Månaden mars
march in Narom: Mar
march in Novial: Marte
march in Occitan (post 1500): Març
march in Low German: März
march in Polish: Marzec
march in Portuguese: Março
march in Kölsch: Määz
march in Romanian: Martie
march in Quechua: Pawqar waray killa
march in Russian: Март
march in Northern Sami: Njukčamánnu
march in Sardinian: Martzu
march in Scots: Mairch
march in Albanian: Marsi (muaj)
march in Sicilian: Marzu
march in Simple English: March
march in Swati: ÍNdlovu
march in Slovenian: Marec
march in Somali: Maarso
march in Serbian: Март
march in Serbo-Croatian: Mart
march in Sundanese: Maret
march in Finnish: Maaliskuu
march in Swedish: Mars
march in Tagalog: Marso
march in Tamil: மார்ச்
march in Kabyle: Meɣres
march in Tatar: Mart
march in Thai: มีนาคม
march in Vietnamese: Tháng ba
march in Tajik: Март
march in Tok Pisin: Mas
march in Turkish: Mart
march in Ukrainian: Березень
march in Urdu: مارچ
march in Volapük: Mäzul
march in Võro: Urbõkuu
march in Walloon: Måss (moes)
march in Vlaams: Moarte
march in Waray (Philippines): Marso
march in Yiddish: מערץ
march in Yoruba: March
march in Contenese: 3月
march in Samogitian: Kuovs
march in Chinese: 3月
march in Slovak: Marec

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Berlin wall, Pillars of Hercules, abut, accord, adjoin, advance, advancement, advancing, airing, ambit, amble, anabasis, arena, around, backpack, bailiwick, bamboo curtain, be getting along, beat, beef, befringe, bind, bitch, boggle, border, border ground, border line, borderland, bound, boundary, boundary condition, boundary line, bourn, bow out, boycott, break boundary, breakoff point, butt, buzz off, call in question, career, ceiling, challenge, check, circle, circuit, circumscription, clasp, cling to, come away, communicate, compass, complain, complaint, compunction, confine, constitutional, correspond, cortege, course, cry out against, cutoff, cutoff point, dead march, deadline, defile, delimitation, demesne, demonstrate, demonstrate against, demonstration, demur, demurrer, depart, department, determinant, dispute, division line, domain, dominion, double march, double time, double-quick, dovetail, drift along, edge, egress, end, enframe, enter a protest, exception, exit, expostulate, expostulation, extend, extremity, field, file, file off, finish, fit in, floor, flow on, follow close upon, footslog, forced march, forward motion, forwardal, forwarding, frame, fringe, frontier, frontier post, funeral march, furtherance, furthering, gang along, gee, get along, get away, get off, get on, get out, get under way, go, go along, go away, go off, go on, go on parade, go out, go with, go-ahead, goose step, goose-step, grievance, grievance committee, half step, hang about, headway, hedge, hem, hemisphere, high-water mark, hike, holler, hover over, howl, huddle, hug, hug the shore, indignation meeting, interface, iron curtain, jaunt, jog on, join, judicial circuit, jurisdiction, keep close to, kick, lap, leave, lie by, limen, limit, limitation, limiting factor, line, line of demarcation, list, low-water mark, lower limit, make an exit, march off, march on, march out, march with, marches, marchland, marge, margin, marginate, mark, martial music, mete, military march, military music, mosey, move, move away, move off, move out, mush, neighbor, nonviolent protest, object, objection, ongoing, onward course, orb, orbit, outpost, outskirts, pace, pale, parade, parallel, pass out, passage, peripatetic journey, peripateticism, periphery, picket, picketing, precinct, press objections, proceed, procession, processional march, proficiency, progress, progression, progressiveness, promenade, promotion, protest, protest demonstration, protestation, province, provinces, pull out, purfle, purl, qualm, quick march, quick time, quickstep, quickstep march, raise a howl, rally, ramble, realm, recessional march, remonstrance, remonstrate, remonstration, rim, roll on, rolling, rolling on, round, rub on, run on, run out, sashay, sashay off, saunter, schlep, scruple, set off, side, sit in, sit-in, skirt, sling, slog, slow march, slow time, sphere, square, squawk, stagger along, stalk, stand by, start, starting line, starting point, state a grievance, stay inshore, stay near, step, stretch, stride, strike, stroll, strut, tailgate, take flight, take wing, tally, target date, teach in, teach-in, term, terminal date, terminus, territory, three-mile limit, threshold, time allotment, toddle along, touch, traipse, tramp, travel, tread, trek, trim, trudge, turn, twelve-mile limit, up and go, upper limit, verge, walk, walk out, walking tour, way, wedding march, wing it, yell bloody murder
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