noun cli·mate \ ˈklī-mət \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of climate

1 : a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions
  • His physician advised moving to a warmer climate.
2 a : the average course or condition of the weather at a place usually over a period of years as exhibited by temperature, wind velocity, and precipitation
  • a healthful climate
  • a warm, humid climate
b : the prevailing set of conditions (as of temperature and humidity) indoors
  • a climate-controlled office
3 : the prevailing influence or environmental conditions characterizing a group or period : atmosphere
  • a climate of fear
  • a climate of suspicion
  • the cultural climate of the 1960s

Examples of climate in a Sentence

  1. living in a cold climate

  2. These trees only grow in humid climates.

  3. The country's climate is ideal for growing grapes.

  4. the humid climate of Malaysia

  5. A climate of fear prevails in the city.

  6. the country's changing economic climate

  7. The company is trying to develop a positive climate for innovation.

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Did You Know?

If you stand at the equator, the celestial poles (the points in the sky directly above the North and South poles) lie on the horizon. As you move northward, the northern celestial pole gradually rises above the horizon, so the sky is in effect tilted. The ancient Greeks called this tilt klima, literally “slope,” “inclination.” Because the angle is determined by your latitude, klima came to mean “latitude,” and the earth was divided into seven latitudinal regions, called klimata. The word came into modern European languages as clime or climate, and the weather of a region was also called climate.

Origin and Etymology of climate

Middle English climat, from Medieval French, from Late Latin climat-, clima, from Greek klimat-, klima inclination, latitude, climate, from klinein to lean — more at lean

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

CLIMATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of climate for English Language Learners

  • : a region with particular weather patterns or conditions

  • : the usual weather conditions in a particular place or region

  • : the usual or most widespread mood or conditions in a place

CLIMATE Defined for Kids


noun cli·mate \ ˈklī-mət \

Definition of climate for Students

: the average weather conditions of a place over a period of years

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