winter

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noun

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

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verb

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

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

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adjective

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Alaska Airlines is expanding options to Mexico with several new routes from its Los Angeles hub for the peak winter season. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 4 July 2024 Even among the highest-risk group, individuals 75 and older, just 36 percent received the booster shot in the fall and winter. Leana S. Wen, Washington Post, 4 July 2024
Verb
The number of monarchs at the wintering sites in Mexico dropped by 59% this year, which experts attribute to extreme weather like heat and drought, pesticide use and habitat loss. Shaun McKinnon, The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2024 However, Mexico has reported a decreasing monarch presence over the past few winters; last year saw a 22% drop over 2022, and this year saw a 59% drop over last – meaning monarchs are wintering there at the second-lowest rate ever recorded. Kyle Schmidbauer, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Winter weather in North Dakota, Minnesota People in northern North Dakota and Minnesota can expect to see snow with some winter advisories in effect through Friday night. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 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 See all Example Sentences for winter 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Winter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winter. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

winter

1 of 3 noun
win·​ter ˈwint-ər How to pronounce winter (audio)
1
: the season between autumn and spring usually including in the northern half of the globe the months of December, January, and February
2
: year sense 2
happened many winters ago
3
: a time or season of idleness or decay

winter

2 of 3 verb
wintered; wintering ˈwint-ə-riŋ How to pronounce winter (audio)
ˈwin-triŋ
1
: to pass or live through the winter
the cattle wintered on the range
2
: to keep, feed, or manage during the winter
winter livestock

winter

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

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