autumn

noun
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 \ -​nə-​lē How to pronounce autumnally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for autumn

Synonyms

afterlife, afternoon, age, evening

Antonyms

springtime

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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

Which seems better poised to withstand climate change: a grape variety that falls apart when pushed to excessive sugar levels, or a grape that hangs through all of autumn’s heat and refuses to ripen past a very restrained threshold? Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "The fight to keep alive Charbono, Napa’s nearly extinct heritage grape," 26 June 2019 On a late-spring evening with a hint of autumn in the air, Lambert allowed the Cubs nothing more damaging than a solo home run by Jason Heyward in the second inning. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Take that L on the way out, Cubbies. Rockies rookie pitcher Peter Lambert foils Chicago again.," 11 June 2019 In October 2018, Malta, reacting to the June ruling, repealed its regulations for the autumn live-capturing of finches and allowed trapping only of golden plovers and song thrushes. Jacopo Benini, National Geographic, "Italy and Malta are hotbeds of songbird poaching. Meet the people fighting to stop it.," 10 May 2019 Maple trees turn first and give off the most beautiful colors for the autumn. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Maple Syrup," 5 Nov. 2018 This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Riley: To honor Martin Luther King, listen to his ENTIRE dream speech," 4 Apr. 2018 Later in the season, tomatoes and eggplants give way to apples, pears, squash, and other items that welcome autumn. Rachel Lebeaux, BostonGlobe.com, "Sizzling, salty, and chill: Where to eat out this summer," 21 June 2019 Beyond park boundaries, wolves gobble up the junk food: In a 2018 study, Gable found that bear bait supplied 12 percent of one pack’s early autumn food. Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 2019 Neptune retrograde in Pisces throughout the summer and into the autumn, going direct on November 27. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Neptune Retrograde Will Bring Us A Deception-Filled Summer," 20 June 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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autumn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter
: the later part of someone's life or of something's existence

autumn

noun
au·​tumn | \ ˈȯ-təm How to pronounce autumn (audio) \

Kids Definition of autumn

: the season between summer and winter

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