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

So, too, were the tiny hackberries, persimmons, wolfberries and just about every other form of hard and soft mast on which the feral hogs had feasted during autumn. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Late winter gives Texas hunters best shot at feral hogs," 24 Jan. 2018 After serving up memorable fashionable moments that included an outfit inspired by current fall colors and working a coordinated look with Kendall Jenner, Bella's newest ensemble just gave us a reason to keep our crop tops and camo out this autumn. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore Camo Pants and a Crop Top," 13 Oct. 2018 Consumer and business confidence has been lower following the stock market’s plunge in the autumn, especially December.... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sorry for the Good News," 1 Feb. 2019 The bluebells arrive, like an iridescent blue carpet below, spreading along hedgerows, suddenly swamping forests and copses, emerging out of the rotten, sodden leaves of last autumn. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Will There Always Be an England?," 27 Apr. 2018 Equinoxes occur twice a year, in March and September, to mark the onset of spring and autumn. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "First day of spring arrives: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox," 20 Mar. 2018 By comparison, in Denver or Santa Fe, the air can often be downright balmy on this, the first day of autumn. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Both drinks are beautiful in their own right and capture the flavors of autumn with apple bases. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Releases Halloween Witch and Princess Frappuccinos," 16 Oct. 2018 And, in a back-to-school spirit, autumn is often a time of self-reinvention. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Selfie Reinvention," 11 Oct. 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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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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