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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But 2022 has looked a lot more like 2020 and the first winter surge; so far this year, about three-quarters of all Covid-19 deaths have been among seniors. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 11 May 2022 Due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in Howard County, all winter sports were placed on pause. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2022 The Bay Area overall is reporting about 700 new cases a day across its nine counties, still reflecting its steep drop since the winter surge that saw a peak of more than 18,000 new daily cases. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2022 The goal is to introduce more Black people to this dazzling part of the country and to winter sports. Tabnie Dozier, Essence, 1 Apr. 2022 That’s an echo of the kind of scenario Southern California faced during its first winter surge, before vaccines were widely available. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 The inside look of the Cincinnati area's 40 hospitals as told by those in the trenches paints a bleak picture of the conditions that health care workers are facing as the winter surge of COVID-19 continues in the region. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 12 Jan. 2022 The one virtue of the rapid spread of omicron -- infections from which are doubling every 2.1 days, according to data from the Houston Methodist hospital system -- is that this winter surge may end quickly. Arkansas Online, 24 Dec. 2021 The one virtue of the extraordinarily rapid spread of omicron - infections from which are doubling every 2.1 days, according to data from the Houston Methodist hospital system - is that this winter surge may end quickly as well. Joel Achenbach, Fenit Nirappil, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since being launched, EIV has cruised Western Med hotspots, like the Amalfi Coast and Capri, and zipped across the Atlantic to winter in St. Barths, and the Bahamas. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 Mar. 2020 Canadians who winter in the U.S. are also expected to be exempt from the travel restrictions. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 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, 9 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Though convention might tell us to spruce and upgrade our space in the spring (alongside a feverish amount of post-winter cleaning), there is a case to be made for elevating your home right now, mid-fall and pre-holidays. PEOPLE.com, 16 Nov. 2021 The park usually has a post-winter cleanup day for staff around Earth Day but hadn’t done one for the public before, officials said. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, 22 Apr. 2021 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, 14 Sep. 2020 Winter visitors can catch a glimpse of the refuge’s migrating tundra swans. Danielle Ohl, baltimoresun.com, 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, 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, 12 July 2017 In The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes is turned into a weapon with no agency of his own. Jenna Pearl, Marie Claire, 5 June 2017 Winter Carnival events for Feb. 3 and 4 will be announced later. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, 25 May 2017 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Winter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winter. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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