noun, often attributive
\ ˈsnō How to pronounce snow (audio) \

Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less than 32°F (0°C)
b(1) : a descent or shower of snow crystals
(2) : a mass of fallen snow crystals
2 : something resembling snow: such as
a : a dessert made of stiffly beaten whites of eggs, sugar, and fruit pulp apple snow
b : a usually white crystalline substance that condenses from a fluid phase as snow does ammonia snow
c slang
(1) : cocaine
(2) : heroin
d : small transient light or dark spots on a television screen


snowed; snowing; snows

Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall in or as snow

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fall like or as snow
2a : to cover, shut in, or imprison with or as if with snow
b : to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly
3 : to whiten like snow

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Other Words from snow


snowless \ ˈsnō-​ləs How to pronounce snow (audio) \ adjective

Examples of snow in a Sentence

Noun Snow fell softly on the town. The mountains were blanketed with snow. She took a walk in the snow. We haven't had much snow this year. She went out to shovel the snow. Soon the warm spring sun will melt the winter snows. the snows of the Rocky Mountains A light snow was falling. Verb easily snowed by her glib talk the years had snowed his hair to a silvery white, making it difficult at first to recognize her old high school crush See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Average annual park-wide snowfall is 150 inches, but the snow can reach 200-400 inches at higher elevations, according to Yellowstone National Park Lodges. Fox News, 21 May 2022 By mid-afternoon, though, the snow began to melt under the strain of the 80-degree heat, creating one continuous slippery, gooey slog to the waterfall. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The teams are scheduled to make it up in a split doubleheader on Saturday, but more snow was in the forecast. Wire Reports,, 20 May 2022 Snowstorm to hit West While the East swelters, portions of the West will see a late-season blast of cold and snow. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 But Thursday's overnight temperatures, which may dip as low as 21 degrees in some areas, could transform most of that precipitation into snow by Friday morning. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2022 Rain is expected to turn into snow in Kentucky between Friday evening and Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service of Louisville. Ana Alvarez Brinez, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 Rain appeared overnight in the city, but quickly changed into thunderstorms with hail, then covered the ground in freezing rain before turning into snow, according to the National Weather Service. Kori Rumore,, 1 Mar. 2022 During one such outing, Maraj threw Morales into the snow. Glenn Garner,, 21 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The resort gathers snow from around the mountain to maintain the tubing hill so that guests can cool off from the summer heat and get that winter fix. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 Doesn’t snow in Washington prove climate change is a hoax? Michael Lynch, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The accumulation forecast is a tricky one since rain will be turning to snow with temperatures initially above freezing. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Wausau and Stevens Point may also see thunderstorms before everything switches to snow overnight. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2022 Rain changes to snow as a strong cold front passes early Saturday. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 The weather service added that further upward adjustments to snow amounts are not out of the question and will be reviewed tonight. Leigh Morgan, al, 10 Mar. 2022 Precipitation from the storm shifted solely to snow in Indianapolis at about 8:55 p.m., according to Meteorologist Andrew McGinnis. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Feb. 2022 Rain will likely develop during the afternoon, then there could be a changeover to snow at night as temperatures drop through the 30s., 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for snow


Middle English, from Old English snāw; akin to Old High German snēo snow, Latin niv-, nix, Greek nipha (accusative)

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“Snow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈsnō How to pronounce snow (audio) \

Kids Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : small white crystals of ice formed directly from the water vapor of the air
2 : a mass of snowflakes fallen to earth a foot of snow


snowed; snowing

Kids Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fall or cause to fall in or as snow It's snowing west of here.


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Medical Definition of snow

1 : any of various congealed or crystallized substances resembling snow in appearance carbon dioxide snow
2 slang
a : cocaine
b : heroin

Snow biographical name

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Definition of Snow

C(harles) P(ercy) 1905–1980 Baron Snow English novelist and physicist

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