me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio)
: a science that deals with the atmosphere and its phenomena and especially with weather and weather forecasting
studied the principles of meteorology
: the atmospheric phenomena and weather of a region
the meteorology of the Gulf of Mexico
meteorologic adjective
meteorologically adverb
meteorologist noun

Examples of meteorology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Syria’s government said a worker from the meteorology department at Damascus International Airport was killed and another person was injured. WSJ, 23 Oct. 2023 The meteorology of thunderstorms sets the stage for respiratory irritants. Elana Spivack, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2023 Her work and contributions continue to impact the field of meteorology. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2023 Finch completed the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State University and holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. Todd Spangler, Variety, 17 July 2023 Holly Ayres, a researcher at the department of meteorology at Reading University in the UK who was not involved in the study, said the BAS research is a step forward in our knowledge about deep ocean water in the Antarctic. Laura Paddison, CNN, 12 June 2023 If your father figure is in the market for new hobbies, a SELF Outdoor Award–winning pair of binoculars could awaken his inner birder, while an at-home weather station might spark a new love of meteorology. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 21 Sep. 2023 Sixto Flores, director in Puno for Peru’s national meteorology and hydrology service (Senamhi), told CNN that precipitation there was 49% lower than average from August 2022 until March 2023, a period that includes the rainy season during which water levels usually recover. Jack Guy, CNN, 3 Sep. 2023 This kind of measurement only involves the top centimeter (0.4 inch) of the ocean at most, however, says Nick Shay, a professor or meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


French or Greek; French météorologie, from Middle French, from Greek meteōrologia, from meteōron + -logia -logy

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of meteorology was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Meteorology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy ˌmēt-ē-ə-ˈräl-ə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio)
: a science that deals with the atmosphere, weather, and weather forecasting
meteorologic adjective
or meteorological
meteorologist noun

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