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 In the Ozark Mountains region, the wintry mix is expected to transition completely to snow between late Wednesday and Thursday morning, forecasters said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Forecasters expand snow predictions for north Arkansas; heavy rain expected across state," 5 Jan. 2021 Will parts of Alabama have a chance to see snow in the next week? Leigh Morgan, al, "The ‘S-word’ may be a player in the forecast two times this week," 5 Jan. 2021 The walls of the blind helped block much of the wind and falling snow. Outdoor Life, "After Being Barred from the Family Deer Camp, Beginner’s Luck with a 215-Inch Iowa Buck," 5 Jan. 2021 Light snow will fall over parts of the Great Lakes, Northeast and the Appalachians. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Storm systems move inland in the West, mostly sunny skies in Georgia," 5 Jan. 2021 That air still could be cold enough to support wet snow with high pressure to the north feeding cold air south. Washington Post, "Weather pattern is improving for snow in D.C., but beware of the hype," 4 Jan. 2021 Although rivers can change color throughout the year, such as from melted snow or changes in rainfall, the researchers found that about one-third of the rivers underwent long-term color shifts, reports Matthew Rozsa for Salon. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Third of the United States’ Rivers Have Changed Color Since 1984, Satellite Images Reveal," 4 Jan. 2021 Cloudy skies, chances of snow and chilly temperatures. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Nothing surprising this week for January in Northeast Ohio: Cleveland, Akron weather," 3 Jan. 2021 On a pitch covered by snow, Alexandre Lacazette continued his fine scoring run with a second half double as Arsenal strolled to victory against Sam Allardyce's strugglers. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Premier League stars condemned for Covid lockdown breach," 2 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Trey Benson spent a restless night, waking every hour on the hour to knock the slush and snow off his tent. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 Temperatures were expected to drop in the afternoon and the precipitation will switch to only snow. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Snow throughout Anchorage early Thursday may make driving tricky," 12 Nov. 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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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Snow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 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
b : heroin

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