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 snow comes and buries autumn, her fallen leaves, her skeletal branches — everything is now covered in a blanket of white. Peter Marteka,, "A snowy climb to the top of Great Hill Mountain in East Hampton after the season’s first snowfall," 6 Dec. 2019 In India, who buys clothes according to autumn, winter, summer and spring? Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "One in three Indian shoppers ready to queue up overnight for Black Friday bargains," 21 Nov. 2019 That autumn, after a simmering year of protests and the fall of the Berlin Wall, students organized another protest. Time, "Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution Started 30 Years Ago—But It Was Decades in the Making," 16 Nov. 2019 Another autumn, more fires, more refugees and incinerated homes. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 There are actually two rounds of the Taurid shower every autumn, the Southern and Northern. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Watch the Taurid Meteor Shower," 1 Nov. 2019 Another autumn, more fires, more refugees and incinerated homes. Stephen Pyne, The Conversation, "California wildfires signal the arrival of a planetary fire age," 1 Nov. 2019 On the evening of October 23, in the middle of the kind of dry, windy night that has become more frequent and more terrifying in recent California autumns, a fire began outside the small unincorporated Northern California town of Geyserville. Wired, "The Delicate Art—and Evolving Science—of Wildfire Evacuations," 31 Oct. 2019 This 2000 biopic starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton tells the story of Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, who coached football during the integration of three Virginia high schools in the autumn of 1971. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Remember the Titans," 12 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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Autumn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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