Definition of winter quarters

: a winter residence or station (as of a military unit or a circus)

Examples of winter quarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drell, in a Faculty Senate meeting last month, also mentioned possibly starting the academic year in winter quarter (and skipping fall quarter). Ron Kroichick,, "Coronavirus and Bay Area colleges: Fall term could feature outdoor classes, online innovations," 7 May 2020 Stanford University has also for the last two weeks of winter quarter, after a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19 and an online petition by a student whose hometown is near Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, . Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: A tough new course for schools," 10 Mar. 2020 The University of Washington will shut down its 46,000-student campus starting Monday and will hold classes online at least until March 20, the end of winter quarter. oregonlive, "As Oregon coronavirus cases grow, state holds off on drastic measures to stop virus’ spread," 8 Mar. 2020 Surviving animals were taken to nearby Ringling Brothers' winter quarters in Peru. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: Fire ravaged circus and elephants roamed the streets of Fulton County," 20 Feb. 2020 The Discovery stopped and set up winter quarters at Lady Franklin Bay off Hall Basin, while the Alert sailed farther north and sheltered in a bay near Ellesmere Island. National Geographic, "Arctic obsession drove explorers to seek the North Pole," 24 Jan. 2020 Eight players plan to enroll at Oregon State when winter quarter begins Jan. 6 in order to take advantage of offseason workouts and spring practice. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s 2020 signing class will have an early impact, as eight of 19 will enroll in January," 18 Dec. 2019 These were honey-buzzards, heading south to winter quarters in Africa. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 This year’s special weekend, March 10 and 11, will feature areas including the aquatic and reptile center, winter quarters, the train shop and the commissary. Jennifer Diliberti-shea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Go behind the scenes at the Milwaukee County Zoo to be educated and entertained," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of winter quarters

1632, in the meaning defined above

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“Winter quarters.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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