me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio) \

Definition of meteorology

1 : a science that deals with the atmosphere and its phenomena and especially with weather and weather forecasting studied the principles of meteorology
2 : the atmospheric phenomena and weather of a region the meteorology of the Gulf of Mexico

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from meteorology

meteorologic \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​rə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce meteorologic (audio) \ or meteorological \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce meteorological (audio) \ adjective
meteorologically \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce meteorologically (audio) \ adverb
meteorologist \ ˌmē-​tē-​ə-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce meteorologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of meteorology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the Stapleton plan, Metropolitan State University of Denver is planning to introduce an advanced weather station at its downtown campus next year, according to Sam Ng, a professor of meteorology. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver may get second official weather observation site in Stapleton next year," 20 Dec. 2019 Klug plans to major in photography and minor in meteorology at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Homestead student has become Mequon's 'chief meteorologist'," 16 Dec. 2019 With his signature on-screen amiability (even when his character is being difficult or grumpy), Redmayne plays real-life scientist James Glaisher, who dreams of a future advanced through the study of meteorology. Tomris Laffly,, "'The Aeronauts’ review: 'The Theory of Everything’ co-stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones reteam for some quality time in the sky," 2 Dec. 2019 While fire forecasts are nothing new, meteorology has made huge strides in recent years. Kurtis Alexander,, "Sonoma’s Kincade Fire was different — no one died. Here’s why," 2 Nov. 2019 Three of the top 10 most damaging Japanese typhoons since 1950 have occurred since 2018, according to a review by the Weather Underground meteorology website. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms," 22 Oct. 2019 Scientific items found include pieces of weather balloons, thermometers, astronomic tables, journals with meteorological data and textbooks on meteorology stamped with the seal of Germany’s Navy. Fox News, "Hitler's secret Nazi war machine revealed in hidden bases," 6 Sep. 2019 The Old Farmer's Almanac's methodology, Perreault explained, is based on the same formula devised by the annual book's founder in the late 1700s — meteorology, climatology and solar science. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can expect more cold and more snow this winter in Wisconsin," 15 Nov. 2019 In addition to astronomy and wildlife, Shankland discussed vegetation, the change of seasons, meteorology and the peculiarities of human eyesight., "Full moon hike offers brief glimpse of night programs at Cleveland Metroparks," 14 Sep. 2019

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

See More

First Known Use of meteorology

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meteorology

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about meteorology

Time Traveler for meteorology

Time Traveler

The first known use of meteorology was in 1563

See more words from the same year

Statistics for meteorology

Last Updated

6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Meteorology.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for meteorology


How to pronounce meteorology (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of meteorology

: a science that deals with the atmosphere and with weather


me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio) \

Kids Definition of meteorology

: a science that deals with the atmosphere, weather, and weather forecasting

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on meteorology

Spanish Central: Translation of meteorology

Nglish: Translation of meteorology for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of meteorology for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about meteorology

Comments on meteorology

What made you want to look up meteorology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a plan in which a last survivor takes all

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!