me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy ˌmē-tē-ə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio)
: a science that deals with the atmosphere and its phenomena and especially with weather and weather forecasting
studied the principles of meteorology
: the atmospheric phenomena and weather of a region
the meteorology of the Gulf of Mexico
meteorologic adjective
meteorologically adverb
meteorologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Normally such waves don’t do much to the strong vortex, but occasionally the wave has enough energy to push the spinning top over, and that’s when the frigid air breaks loose, Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini said. Seth Bornstein, Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 For Willoughby, now a professor of meteorology at Florida International University, current technology won’t be enough to realize Typhoon Shot’s bold ambitions. Tim Hornyak, Discover Magazine, 15 Oct. 2022 Myers, who got his start in meteorology as a 15-year-old giving the National Weather Service snowfall readings from his home, says the financial upside to climate change is that more corporations are paying close attention to the weather. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2022 Humphrey has an undergraduate degree in meteorology from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in the same field from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2022 Todd Crawford, director of meteorology at commercial forecaster Atmospheric G2, sees no evidence of a breakdown that could foster the type of killer cold that crippled the Texas electrical grid last year. Jonathan Tirone, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2022 But while past hurricanes can provide helpful context, Ian is sure to be a wildly different storm, said Kimberly Wood, an associate professor of meteorology at Mississippi State University. Denise Chow, NBC News, 28 Sep. 2022 In a segment of the episode, shared by Today on Twitter, Smith tried his hand at meteorology. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Those in the weather and meteorology community took to Twitter Saturday to express their condolences over the news. Jana Hayes, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 See More

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Word History


French or Greek; French météorologie, from Middle French, from Greek meteōrologia, from meteōron + -logia -logy

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of meteorology was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Meteorology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


me·​te·​o·​rol·​o·​gy ˌmēt-ē-ə-ˈräl-ə-jē How to pronounce meteorology (audio)
: a science that deals with the atmosphere, weather, and weather forecasting
meteorologic adjective
or meteorological
meteorologist noun

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