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 Kovacevic was likely out the door at FC Cincinnati after joining in the autumn from the German Bundesliga's TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a club FCC maintains a strategic partnership with. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 The 40-49 age bracket is seeing a similar rise, with 58 being admitted daily compared to 33 during the autumn surge. Miguel Marquez, CNN, 5 Apr. 2021 Marine Serre included them once again in its autumn ‘21 show, which was released last week. Eliza Huber,, 11 Mar. 2021 With twenty looks British fashion designer Paul Smith has created his autumn winter 2021 collection, filled with subcultures that have strengthened his career. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Jacobs’ autumn ‘21 collection was a sign of the times, featuring fashion that works for those who aren’t quite ready for the world to open up again, and those who simply cannot wait. Eliza Huber,, 6 July 2021 Standing out was the use of autumn textiles giving the Dior style attitude to classic looks. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Family bragging rights go to whoever finds the most colorful autumn leaf. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 2 July 2021 Festivals continue with Highwood Strong Sept. 22, the annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival Oct. 8-10, the Scare Run Walk at an autumn date to be determined and the Elf Invasion Pub Crawl Dec. 4. Steve Sadin,, 22 June 2021

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Autumn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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