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 Popular Articles The dominant constellation of autumn, Pegasus, the giant winged horse, is still hanging in there in the western heavens. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: Super chilled starry nights," 29 Dec. 2019 Celebrate the 4th of July with a parade in Willimantic, get creative with a craft night in August and kick off the start of autumn with Steam Rollin' in September., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 6 Dec. 2019 Children came to know what the lengthening shadows of autumn presaged. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Season on the Rez," 6 Dec. 2019 An exceptionally rainy spring and a cold autumn have made farming particularly challenging in Illinois this year, keeping tractors and combines busy throughout November and delaying the harvest for corn and soybeans. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Wet, cold weather has put Illinois farmers behind on the fall harvest. The result: soggy corn and hay shortages.," 28 Nov. 2019 So does the fear of the monstrous winds of autumn, the kind that stoked the wildfires that destroyed her northern California neighborhood once and, in recent days, threatened it yet again. Washington Post, "Rebirth, angst and the ‘new normal’ of California wildfires," 11 Nov. 2019 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

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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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Autumn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 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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