au·​tumn | \ ˈȯ-təm How to pronounce autumn (audio) \

Definition of autumn

1 : the season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of September, October, and November or as reckoned astronomically extending from the September equinox to the December solstice

called also fall

2 : a period of maturity or incipient decline in the autumn of life

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Other Words from autumn

autumnal \ ȯ-​ˈtəm-​nəl How to pronounce autumnal (audio) \ adjective
autumnally \ ȯ-​ˈtəm-​nə-​lē How to pronounce autumnally (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of autumn in a Sentence

in the autumn of last year a magnificent New England autumn She went off to college in the autumn of 1999. When autumn came he planted grass.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Falcons, meanwhile, can claim their first undisputed state collegiate championship since 1958, the last autumn in which all of Colorado’s Division I football teams played one another in a round-robin format. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CSU Rams after Air Force loss: “We love Mike Bobo”," 16 Nov. 2019 Inflation is back in single digits, after passing 25% last autumn. The Economist, "Inflation in Turkey has fallen steeply," 2 Nov. 2019 Brown leaves left over from the previous autumn and birdseed from a feeder were scattered on the ground. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois," 28 Oct. 2019 The animal occasionally hurts joints ... In spring and autumn, just like in people, Yasha’s problems worsen. Fox News, "Circus bear mauls Russian trainer in front of horrified onlookers; investigation launched," 26 Oct. 2019 Located about six hours north of Boston, Moosehead is blanketed in a quilt of russet leaves come autumn., "Power to the pumpkin people! Six under-the-radar autumn escapes - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 Even when the autumn haze subsides, air is filthy all over India—especially in the north, where the Himalayas act as a wind trap. The Economist, "India’s toxic smog is a common affliction in middle-income countries," 9 Nov. 2019 Nothing signals the return of autumn like tree leaves changing from green to glowing oranges and reds. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's not too late to see fall leaves! Here are Louisville's top spots to enjoy the colors," 8 Nov. 2019 The meeting in Shanghai reinforced a sense of the Chinese leadership firmly holding course on several fronts through a tumultuous autumn., "Xi backs Lam but offers no solution to continuing protests in Hong Kong - The Boston Globe," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of autumn

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autumn

Middle English autumpne, from Latin autumnus

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The first known use of autumn was in the 15th century

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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Autumn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter
: the later part of someone's life or of something's existence


au·​tumn | \ ˈȯ-təm How to pronounce autumn (audio) \

Kids Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter

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