winter

noun
win·​ter | \ ˈwin-tər How to pronounce winter (audio) \

Definition of winter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the season between autumn and spring comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of December, January, and February or as reckoned astronomically extending from the December solstice to the March equinox
2 : the colder half of the year
3 : year happened many winters ago
4 : a period of inactivity or decay

winter

verb
wintered; wintering\ ˈwin-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce winter (audio) \

Definition of winter (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to pass the winter winters in the Caribbean
2 : to feed or find food during the winter used with on

transitive verb

: to keep, feed, or manage during the winter

winter

adjective

Definition of winter (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or suitable for winter a winter vacation winter clothes
2 : sown in the autumn and harvested in the following spring or summer winter wheat winter rye — compare summer

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Synonyms for winter

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of winter in a Sentence

Noun They spend winters in Florida. We're in for a cold winter this year, I hear. She traveled there two winters ago. the last day of winter Verb The birds will winter in the southern part of the country. My family winters in Florida. The farm agreed to winter our horses for us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The program announced Wednesday that Eli Brooks will return to Ann Arbor for a fifth season by taking advantage of the free year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to winter athletes. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's Eli Brooks to return for another season," 14 Apr. 2021 One third of those stations showed that snowmelt is increasing throughout the winter, but especially in November and March. Bob Berwyn And Judy Fahys, The Arizona Republic, "New snowpack totals suggest the 20-year Western drought will persist, intensify," 13 Apr. 2021 After a long, hard winter, beach season is almost upon us. BostonGlobe.com, "This Mass. beach is one of the best in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler," 9 Apr. 2021 One winter night in 1978, a 14-year-old boy named Jeffrey Batan was killed in Rego Park, Queens. New York Times, "Martina Batan, New York Art Dealer Consumed by a Cold Case, Dies at 62," 9 Apr. 2021 Closer to the Jones Center's main building, the campus would feature a fitness area, a skate park joining the bicycle pump track, a dog park and maybe a seasonal water feature with ice skating in the winter and water play in the summer. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, "Springdale's melting pot provides inspiration for recreated Jones Center campus," 9 Apr. 2021 Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian government encouraged domestic travel to boost the economy, and this winter, the numbers flocking to Baikal doubled compared to previous seasons. Mary Ilyushina And Fred Pleitgen, CNN, "The bitter battle over tourism at Russia's 'Sacred Sea'," 9 Apr. 2021 In February, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer removed restrictions that had preventing winter school sports from moving forward with their seasons. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Michigan is coronavirus hotspot, and Ohio’s not; Spread among kids, variants making the difference, experts say," 8 Apr. 2021 Dry winter left snowpacks at 79% of normal and some reservoirs way down. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Yes, we just had a storm, but here’s why Utah drought fears persist," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For those looking to upgrade your mom’s go-to tote for grocery runs, Paravel’s colorful cabana tote not only allows for chic monogramming, but will also make the transition to winter a bit more cheerful too. Julie Tong, Vogue, "The Best Personalized and Bespoke Gifts for the Holidays," 4 Dec. 2020 Southwest Airlines is adding direct flights from Dallas to winter ski destinations in Montrose and Steamboat Springs, Colo., as the carrier tries to broaden its footprint during the COVID-19 pandemic to make up for fewer passengers. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines adds new Dallas routes to Colorado ski spots Steamboat Springs, Telluride," 8 Oct. 2020 Chafing under the restrictive Victorian naval discipline Scott had imposed on the wintering party, Shackleton volunteered to assist the meteorologist in taking daily observations from a nearby hilltop. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 26 May 2020 This group is now genetically distinct from the rest of the population, which migrates further south to Mediterranean wintering grounds. Popular Science, "Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds," 8 Mar. 2020 This group is now genetically distinct from the rest of the population, which migrates further south to Mediterranean wintering grounds. Julian Avery, The Conversation, "It’s OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way," 2 Mar. 2020 Canadians who winter in the U.S. are also expected to be exempt from the travel restrictions. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Trump confirms reports of US-Canada ban on nonessential travel to stop coronavirus spread," 18 Mar. 2020 More than a foot of snow fell in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with snow covering areas that were more accustomed to winter rain. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 9 Feb. 2020 Honeybees aren't native to Alaska, and attempts to winter them over in the Arctic have been met with near-universal disappointing results. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "The sweetest gift: Alaska beekeeper shares honey with community," 16 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That means four seasons of activities, all building on what Buck Hill already does post-winter: concerts, car shows, mountain biking and catered events. Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, "Buck Hill ski resort in Burnsville hopes to be year-round dining destination," 14 Sep. 2020 Winter visitors can catch a glimpse of the refuge’s migrating tundra swans. Danielle Ohl, baltimoresun.com, "Weekend adventure: A visitor's guide to Rock Hall and its old-school, waterfront charms," 3 Aug. 2017 Gigi appears in Stuart Weitzman's Fall/Winter 2017 campaign in the sleekest boots (including The Cling Bootie), bright pink blush, and a Shay Ashual wig that totally fooled us at first glance. Sarah Wu, Allure, "Gigi Hadid Debuts Short Hair for Stuart Weitzman Campaign," 12 July 2017 Gigi appeared in Stuart Weitzman's Fall/Winter 2017 campaign in the sleekest boots (including The Cling Bootie), bright pink blush, and a Shay Ashual wig that totally fooled us at first glance. Sarah Wu, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Debuts Short Hair for Stuart Weitzman Campaign," 12 July 2017 In The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes is turned into a weapon with no agency of his own. Jenna Pearl, Marie Claire, "9 Hidden Feminist Messages in the Marvel Cinematic Universe," 5 June 2017 Winter Carnival events for Feb. 3 and 4 will be announced later. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Eyeing Super Bowl, St. Paul supersizes Winter Carnival to 17 days," 25 May 2017 Winter wheat and barley now lag about a week in development, compared to the last several years, according to Liza Malyshko, an analyst at UkrAgroConsult in Kiev. Anatoly Medetsky, Bloomberg.com, "Chilly Weather Risks Delaying Black Sea Wheat, Barley Harvest," 23 May 2017 Winter color is maroon, with red tones across the green leaves in summer. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Plan(t) on these top 10 best groundcover choices," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of winter

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

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

History and Etymology for winter

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wintar winter and perhaps to Lithuanian vanduo water, Old English wæter — more at water

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

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16 Apr 2021

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“Winter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winter. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for winter

winter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of winter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the coldest season of the year that is after autumn and before spring

winter

verb

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

: to spend the winter in a particular place
: to care for or manage (animals) during the winter

winter

noun
win·​ter | \ ˈwin-tər How to pronounce winter (audio) \

Kids Definition of winter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the season between autumn and spring (as from December to March in the northern half of the earth)
2 : one of the years of a person's life a person of seventy winters

winter

verb
wintered; wintering

Kids Definition of winter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to pass the winter We wintered in Florida.
2 : to keep, feed, or manage during the winter The farmer winters livestock on silage.

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