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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

win•terˈwɪn tər(n.)

  1. the cold season between autumn and spring, in the Northern Hemisphere from the December solstice to the March equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere from the June solstice to the September equinox.

  2. the months of December, January, and February in the U.S., and of November, December, and January in Great Britain.

  3. cold weather:

    a touch of winter in the air.

  4. the colder half of the year

    Ref: (opposed to summer 1 ).

  5. a year:

    a man of 60 winters.

  6. a period like winter; a period of decline, dreariness, or adversity.

  7. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or characteristic of winter.

  8. (of fruit and vegetables) of a kind that may be kept for use during the winter.

    Category: Botany

  9. planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer:

    winter rye.

    Category: Agriculture, Botany

  10. (v.i.)to spend or pass the winter.

  11. (v.t.)to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle.

Origin of winter:

bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OS, OHG wintar, ON vetr, Go wintrus; prob. akin to wet , water


Princeton's WordNet

  1. winter, wintertime(verb)

    the coldest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox

  2. winter, overwinter(verb)

    spend the winter

    "We wintered on the Riviera"; "Shackleton's men overwintered on Elephant Island"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. winter(noun)ˈwɪn tər

    the coldest season of the year

    It snows a lot here in winter.; a long, hard winter; Tourists don't come here in the winter.; winter sports


  1. winter(Noun)

    Traditionally the fourth of the four seasons, typically regarded as being from December 23 to March 20 in continental regions of the Northern Hemisphere or the months of June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the time when the sun is lowest in the sky, resulting in short days, and the time of year with the lowest atmospheric temperatures for the region.

  2. winter(Verb)

    To spend the winter (in a particular place).

    When they retired, they hoped to winter in Florida.

  3. winter(Verb)

    To store something (for instance animals) somewhere over winter to protect it from cold.

  4. Winter(ProperNoun)

    A common Germanic surname.

  5. Origin: From wintruz. Perhaps represents a nasalised variant of wed- ( > English water, wet); but perhaps akin to winistre, with original sense possibly a cardinal direction or possibly "unfavorable" . Another theory is that the word itself stemmed from the old Gaelic words "Wyn" and "Tir", which, when put together, mean "White Earth."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winter(noun)

    the season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year

  2. Winter(noun)

    the period of decay, old age, death, or the like

  3. Winter(verb)

    to pass the winter; to hibernate; as, to winter in Florida

  4. Winter(verb)

    to keep, feed or manage, during the winter; as, to winter young cattle on straw


  1. Winter

    Winter is the coldest season of the year in temperate climates, between autumn and spring. It is caused by the axis of the Earth in the respective hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather, but when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1489

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1663

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winter' in Nouns Frequency: #636

Anagrams of winter

  1. twiner

Translations for winter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the coldest season of the year

We often have snow in winter; (also adjective) winter evenings.

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