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winter

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noun win·ter \ ˈwin-tər \

Definition of winter

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

Examples of winter in a Sentence

  1. They spend winters in Florida.

  2. We're in for a cold winter this year, I hear.

  3. She traveled there two winters ago.

  4. the last day of winter

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Origin and Etymology of winter

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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winter

verb

Definition of winter

wintered; wintering play \ˈwin-t(ə-)riŋ\
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

Examples of winter in a Sentence

  1. The birds will winter in the southern part of the country.

  2. My family winters in Florida.

  3. The farm agreed to winter our horses for us.

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First Known Use of winter

14th century


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winter

adjective

Definition of winter

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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First Known Use of winter

14th century



WINTER Defined for English Language Learners

winter

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noun

Definition of winter for English Language Learners

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


winter

verb

Definition of winter for English Language Learners

  • : to spend the winter in a particular place

  • : to care for or manage (animals) during the winter


WINTER Defined for Kids

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winter

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noun win·ter \ ˈwin-tər \

Definition of winter for Students

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

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winter

verb

Definition of winter for Students

wintered; wintering
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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