climate

noun
cli·​mate | \ ˈklī-mət How to pronounce climate (audio) \

Definition of climate

1 : a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions His physician advised moving to a warmer climate.
2a : 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

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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.

Examples of climate in a Sentence

living in a cold climate These trees only grow in humid climates. The country's climate is ideal for growing grapes. the humid climate of Malaysia A climate of fear prevails in the city. the country's changing economic climate The company is trying to develop a positive climate for innovation.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Just yesterday, while accepting a Crystal Award at Davos for his environmental leadership, Attenborough called once again for action in the face of a changing climate. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Prince William's Talk with David Attenborough at Davos," 22 Jan. 2019 Some species, like sea turtles, might experience a warming climate much more radically. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female," 27 Dec. 2018 As scientists put it, climate change and gender are inextricably linked. Elena Hilton, Glamour, "Climate Change Will Disproportionately Affect Women, So Why Are Their Voices Being Ignored?," 22 Apr. 2019 Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and more came together to sing the song and help raise awareness about climate change. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here Are the Lyrics to Lil Dicky's "Earth" Featuring Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande," 19 Apr. 2019 Both of these disasters were strengthened through climate change. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Is Already Costing the Insurance Industry Historic Amounts," 17 Apr. 2019 Rapid, profound changes tied to high atmospheric temperatures, a direct result of climate change, may be reordering the region’s physical makeup. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Hot topics on the schedule include climate change, criminal justice reform, the opioid crisis, and arts education. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2019 Philanthropy Summit," 16 Apr. 2019 Happily, those working to address climate change are not alone. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'climate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of climate

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for climate

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

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More Definitions for climate

climate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of climate

: 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

noun
cli·​mate | \ ˈklī-mət How to pronounce climate (audio) \

Kids Definition of climate

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

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