au·​tum·​nal ȯ-ˈtəm-nəl How to pronounce autumnal (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of autumn
autumnal weather
autumnal colors
the autumnal equinox
I am often surprised to see rising amid these trees the rounded tops of apple-trees glowing with red or yellow fruit, in harmony with the autumnal tints of the forest.Henry David Thoreau
autumnally adverb
These days on the verge of winter were autumnally fair, struck through with warmth until the swift lengthening of the shadows. John Updike

Examples of autumnal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The autumnal equinox on September 22 marks the start of fall. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2024 The change of seasons is marked by solstices or equinoxes, with the June solstice signaling the start of summer and the autumnal equinox in September signaling the end. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 22 May 2024 The autumnal months of September and October bring with them gorgeous leaves, Sunday roasts, and cozy pubs. Sarah James, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 May 2024 Choose art inspired by vintage illustrations or autumnal landscapes, and opt for brass candlesticks with flickering candles over bright overhead lights. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for autumnal 

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Word History


borrowed from Latin autumnālis, from autumnus autumn + -ālis -al entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autumnal was in the 15th century

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“Autumnal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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