au·tumn | \ˈȯ-təm \

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 \ adjective
autumnally \-nə-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for autumn


afterlife, afternoon, age, evening



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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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Vreeland will look to continue that success this coming autumn. Mark Iandolo,, "Where are they now? Fry, Hartwell, Brown and Vreeland," 15 June 2018 Operations at the farm had been scaled back for years, with most of the focus on the small store and autumn community activities, including hayrides. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "In Bristol, It's The End of The Line For Minor's Farm," 29 June 2018 Gorgeous all year long, West Fork is especially gorgeous when clad in autumn colors. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 All this means that the Labour Party is beginning to prepare for an autumn election. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 Young said staff is hopeful the damaged camellias will begin to recover by the time autumn rains begin to fall and that blooms will make their regular appearance this winter. Sara Cardine,, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018 It was previously anticipated that Kate Middleton, who is currently on maternity leave until the autumn, would not appear at the RAF celebrations, but her surprise appearance in pale blue Alexander McQueen delighted royal family fans. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance at RAF Centenary," 10 July 2018 Just look at the glorious autumn swagger Meghan is walking with, clearly not sweating buckets and trying to figure out the fastest way to get Gatorade into her system. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle, Like the Rest of Us, Is Clearly Ready for Summer to Be Over," 10 July 2018 The 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life each autumn with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, authentic combat armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. Denisa Protani,, "Tickets for two The Maryland Renaissance Festival," 9 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter

: the later part of someone's life or of something's existence


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Kids Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter

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