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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The summer-like, autumn weather would soon give way to gray skies and bone-chilling temperatures, and Diaz, the head of the Fort Lauderdale police union. Chris Perkins,, 25 Dec. 2021 Catch your breath, get a drink of water, and enjoy the brisk autumn weather. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2021 Last weekend’s Fall Fest welcomed large crowds from across Greater Cleveland, thanks to a bevy of entertainment options and ideal autumn weather. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 Plants that squeak past an early overnight frost can last for another month of warm autumn weather., 26 Sep. 2021 The autumn weather showed up right on time and this weekend is looking like a wonderful opportunity to get outside. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2021 Others are outdoor gatherings to take advantage of gorgeous autumn weather. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2021 Warm days, cool nights and low humidity highlight our Wednesday and Thursday for still more fantastic autumn weather. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2020 But as summer gives way to fall, infectious-disease experts are guardedly optimistic that the spread of covid-19 this autumn and winter won't be as brutal as in the previous two years of the pandemic. Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Autumn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter

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