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

Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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


biographical name
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Definition of Snow (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a stretch of springlike weather, winter returned to Utah on Wednesday with a bit of snow in the valleys. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Northern Utah will see some snow over the next few days," 24 Feb. 2021 His things had recently been placed on the front lawn and were covered in a light dusting of snow. Washington Post, "Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’," 23 Feb. 2021 The storm brought plenty of snow, so the ground is fairly moist. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "The freeze-damaged plants in San Antonio yards have homeowners asking: How do I help my plants recover?," 23 Feb. 2021 Cross-country skiing involves gliding across relatively flat ground where the skier propels themselves over the top of the snow. Kyle Schurman,, "What is cross-country skiing?," 26 Feb. 2021 The Northwest will continue to be active this weekend with coastal rain and feet of snow over the mountain ranges. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Showers, thunderstorms to move through Southern and Eastern US," 26 Feb. 2021 On Thursday more than 16 inches of snow fell just south of Denver. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Active storm pattern with cross country storms bringing heavy snow, damaging winds, flooding rain," 26 Feb. 2021 If the precipitation arrives early enough on Saturday, there could be a little burst of snow for an hour or two. Dave Epstein,, "Meteorological winter ends this weekend," 25 Feb. 2021 Winter: Winter is very cold, and Maine sees a lot of snow. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, "Maine Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, while some flakes did mix in at times, the effect wasn’t strong enough to convert the sleet to snow. Washington Post, "Sleet versus snow: The reason behind Thursday’s icy mess," 19 Feb. 2021 Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing after sunset in north Alabama, and that rain could transition to a wintry mix and then to mostly snow late tonight. Leigh Morgan, al, "Forecasters watching for a little snow tonight for northeast Alabama," 6 Feb. 2021 But, to be fair, most people who snow-globe aren’t doing so consciously. Molly Longman,, "Snow-Globing: The Worst Holiday Dating Trend Ever," 24 Dec. 2020 Forecasters said confidence is increasing that there will be a changeover to snow or a wintry mix during the day on Thursday. Leigh Morgan, al, "Christmas Eve snow chances: How’s the forecast looking today?," 22 Dec. 2020 The front will also bring much colder temperatures and a possible changeover to snow for northern Alabama into Christmas Eve. Leigh Morgan, al, "Forecasters expand marginal risk for severe weather in Alabama on Wednesday night into Thursday morning," 22 Dec. 2020 Rain could change to snow across the interior of the Northeast. NBC News, "White Christmas? Maybe. Winter storm will also bring wet and windy weather across the U.S.," 22 Dec. 2020 For Wednesday, a slight chance of showers develops in the afternoon, with rain chances increasing later in the day and transitioning to snow as temperatures drop. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Cloudy and cold: Northeast Ohio’s Tuesday weather forecast (Dec. 22)," 21 Dec. 2020 Snowfall totals are expected to be 4 to 8 inches, with rain changing to snow around noon to 1 p.m. Leeanne Griffin,, "Saturday storm: Rain changing to snow; up to 8 inches for northeastern Connecticut," 5 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of snow was before the 12th century

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28 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Snow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: soft, white pieces of frozen water that fall to the ground from the sky in cold weather
: white dots that appear on the screen of a television when it is receiving a weak signal



English Language Learners Definition of snow (Entry 2 of 2)

used with it to say that snow is falling
US, informal : to impress, deceive, or persuade (someone)


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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

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