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
\ ˈsnō How to pronounce Snow (audio) \

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 snowless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of snow in a Sentence


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.


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 winter it is blanketed in snow; in summer, its forests are lush and its wetlands soggy. The Economist, "The Arctic is ablaze," 1 Aug. 2019 Over the years, he had been gouged, slashed, stripped, beaten, drugged, dumped in the snow and shot at. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Manchester’s John ‘Fast Jack’ Farrell, the notorious card and dice hustler, dies," 1 Aug. 2019 In the snow behind a house near the crash, police found a .40-caliber handgun. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man gets 4 years in prison for crash with a school bus that killed his brother," 22 July 2019 Do not place perishable food out in the snow because outside temperatures can vary and food can be exposed to unsanitary conditions and animals. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Power out? Here's what to do with refrigerated and frozen foods," 22 July 2019 March 2018 Cole also knows how to get creative with props, like these aptly placed roses as Lili posed in the snow, transforming into a blonde version of Snow White. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Every Romantic Photo Cole Sprouse Has Taken of Lili Reinhart," 2 June 2019 These people were killed, and their bodies remained lying in the snow for a fairly long time. Wired, "Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion," 13 Sep. 2019 Julia King Kohn, who grew up in the desert and loved dog mushing in the snow. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Here's how to get tickets to Arizona Storytellers 'Outdoor Adventures' September event at the Desert Botanical Garden," 6 Sep. 2019 That’s all thanks to their encasement in a stark, symmetrical castle, decorated with taxidermy and covered in snow. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Where That Over-the-Top Castle in Succession Is Really Located," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yet, plastics are so ubiquitous in the environment that plastic pollution has been found everywhere from the deepest oceans to snow samples in the remote Arctic, according to USA Today. Maddy Lauria, Washington Post, "Plastic is ending up in Delaware’s waters, where it can kill," 30 Aug. 2019 And after what happened the year prior, this was probably more than a little extra salt in the wound. 1. Sept. 3, 1961: Believe it or not, it’s snowed before Labor Day in Denver. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: Denver’s earliest snows on record," 27 Aug. 2019 With an approach that rivals any snowed-in Chicago neighborhood, Evanston residents don’t leave their spots along the Fourth of July parade route to chance. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Lawn chairs, tarps and tape: Marking dibs along Evanston’s parade route begins well before July 4," 2 July 2019 Soon after Paloma arrives, the sky darkens and begins snowing ash. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019 It’s never snowed in Denver in July, and July and August mark the only two months of the calendar year to not have measurable snowfall in the Mile High City. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: Will July temps warm up, finally?," 1 July 2019 For the past decade, Hershberger has plowed their driveway when it's snowed. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "'Dad, don't you dare lie to me': One call unveiled his secret. His hometown helps him heal.," 7 June 2019 My favorite moment was waking up one Sunday completely snowed in. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "Amélie Pichard’s Eco-House Tour Through the American West," 13 Mar. 2019 Internet and cellphone service is spotty, the two roads to the outside world are snowed in every winter, and Buddhist monasteries compete with military outposts for prime mountaintop locations. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018

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

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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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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)


\ 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.


\ ˈsnō How to pronounce snow (audio) \

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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