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.
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Recent Examples on the Web If your plans for the rest of summer are one big question mark at the moment, the sale is here to provide versatile staples that will remain relevant once autumn is on the horizon. Erin Parker, Glamour, "The Madewell Sale Has So Many Gems Worth Adding to Cart," 10 July 2020 With autumn not far off, President Donald Trump is pressing schools to reopen; Florida has already issued such an order. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘I can’t keep this up much longer’: Parents struggle with pandemic strain," 9 July 2020 Yet full school reopening in Britain will have to wait until the autumn, if not beyond, while nonessential shops have already been allowed to open their doors, and restaurants, museums, and hair salons will follow on July 4. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Child Care Is Infrastructure," 30 June 2020 From the way the action was ordered by the mayor alone, to the fact that, like Oñate, many Santa Feans trace their roots to de Vargas and grow up celebrating him in autumn Fiesta de Santa Fe traditions. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Not just Confederate statues: Indigenous activists want conquistadors, missionaries removed," 29 June 2020 Even a behemoth like the Royal Opera House has said its reserves will not last beyond the autumn. The Economist, "Will the show go on? Covid-19 is an existential threat to Britain’s theatres," 22 June 2020 The first day of astronomical autumn, or the fall equinox, will be Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Leigh Morgan, al, "Summer solstice 2020: It’s the longest day of the year, sort of," 20 June 2020 Summer precipitation increased between 50 and 120 percent above normal and autumn precipitation increased a staggering 400 percent above normal. Fox News, "A massive volcanic eruption in Alaska may have brought down Ancient Rome, study reveals," 17 June 2020 Some hope a reprieve will come with the autumn leaves. NBC News, "Coronavirus means an uncertain future for businesses and cities that depend on yearly black events," 11 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'autumn.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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23 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Autumn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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