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 wintering (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 Some may wonder why a wet winter would aid extreme wildfires. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, "The perfect recipe for Arizona's extreme wildfires: Heat, dryness, thunderstorms and more," 25 June 2020 In other words, most locations globally, including in the U.S. and Canada, have seen their summer season lengthen, and the winter season shrink. Brian Brettschneider, Anchorage Daily News, "Summers are growing longer due to climate change, while winters dramatically shrink," 1 June 2020 On Isla Hornos, the researchers identify three species: a rare winter’s bark, and two common southern beeches. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it," 7 July 2020 The pair had been planning to get the complementary body art — each woman was getting the other’s first initial on her arm — in the winter, to observe Gloria’s birthday. Michael Gold, New York Times, "N.Y.C. Reopening: Dog Runs and Manicures, but Still No Indoor Dining," 6 July 2020 If those two things are too great of a roadblock right now, maybe focus everyone's energy on planning ahead for a great winter trip, instead. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Family Vacation Where Everyone Feels Safe During COVID-19," 3 July 2020 The problem is the hundreds of cracks that worsen slightly each winter when water seeps in and freezes. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Trump’s Mount Rushmore visit renews spotlight on anachronistic, politically incorrect and quintessentially American monument," 3 July 2020 And in case you're all set on sandals and cover-ups, Independence Day sales are also a sneaky-good opportunity to pick up any leftover winter pieces while they're majorly discounted. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "4th of July Sales 2020: The 23 Best Fashion & Clothing Deals to Shop This Weekend," 1 July 2020 Now that Kevin's dad recently passed away too, Karla and her mother Joan plan to close down the Museum of Moses at the end of August, sell off everything inside and move to winter-free New Mexico to retire. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Unusual Up North museum to close next month — and everything is for sale," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 The locations were variously meant to accommodate students, workers, older people, people with disabilities, people who speak a language other than English, people wintering in another state and people living abroad. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "What Are Iowa’s Satellite Caucuses? And How Did They Help Bernie Sanders?," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Winter storm warnings are even posted in Northeastern Washington. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Storm rejects springtime, dumps snow in Pacific Northwest," 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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Time Traveler for winter

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

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Last Updated

1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Winter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winter. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for winter

winter

noun
How to pronounce winter (audio)

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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