What does Autumn mean?

Definitions for Autumn
ˈɔ təmau·tumn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fall, autumnnoun

    the season when the leaves fall from the trees

    "in the fall of 1973"


  1. autumnnoun

    Traditionally the third of the four seasons, when deciduous trees lose their leaves; typically regarded as being from September 24 to December 22 in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and the months of March, April and May in the Southern Hemisphere.

  2. autumnadjective

    Of or relating to autumn.

    autumn leaves

  3. Autumnnoun

    of modern usage, from the name of the season.

  4. Etymology: From automne, from autumnus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Autumnnoun

    The season of the year between summer and winter, beginning astronomically at the equinox, and ending at the solstice; popularly, autumn comprises August, September, and October.

    Etymology: autumnus, Lat.

    For I will board her, though she chide as loud
    As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack. As you like it.

    I would not be over confident, till he hath passed a spring or autumn. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    The starving brood,
    Void of sufficient sustenance, will yield
    A slender autumn. Philips.

    While autumn nodding o’er the yellow plain,
    Comes jovial on; the Dorick reed once more
    Well pleas’d I’ll tune. James Thomson, Autumn.


  1. Autumn

    Autumn, also known as fall in American English, is one of the four temperate seasons. Outside the tropics, autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere). Autumn is the season when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools considerably. Day length decreases and night length increases as the season progresses until the Winter Solstice in December (Northern Hemisphere) and June (Southern Hemisphere). One of its main features in temperate climates is the striking change in colour for the leaves of deciduous trees as they prepare to shed.


  1. autumn

    Autumn, also known as fall, is one of the four temperate seasons traditionally marking the transition from summer to winter. It occurs after summer and before spring, usually between the months of September to November in the Northern Hemisphere and March to May in the Southern Hemisphere. It is associated with decreasing temperatures, shorter days, falling leaves from deciduous trees, and harvest time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Autumnnoun

    the third season of the year, or the season between summer and winter, often called "the fall." Astronomically, it begins in the northern temperate zone at the autumnal equinox, about September 23, and ends at the winter solstice, about December 23; but in popular language, autumn, in America, comprises September, October, and November

  2. Autumnnoun

    the harvest or fruits of autumn

  3. Autumnnoun

    the time of maturity or decline; latter portion; third stage

  4. Etymology: [L. auctumnus, autumnus, perh. fr. a root av to satisfy one's self: cf. F. automne. See Avarice.]


  1. Autumn

    Autumn or Fall is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September or March when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier. The equinoxes might be expected to be in the middle of their respective seasons, but temperature lag means that seasons appear later than dates calculated from a purely astronomical perspective. The actual lag varies with region. Some cultures regard the autumnal equinox as "mid-autumn", others with a longer lag treat it as the start of autumn. Meteorologists use a definition based on months, with autumn being September, October and November in the northern hemisphere, and March, April and May in the southern hemisphere. In North America, autumn is usually considered to start with the September equinox. In traditional East Asian solar term, autumn starts on or around 8 August and ends on about 7 November. In Ireland, the autumn months according to the national meteorological service, Met Éireann, are September, October and November. However, according to the Irish Calendar which is based on ancient Gaelic traditions, autumn lasts throughout the months of August, September, and October, or possibly a few days later, depending on tradition. In Australia, autumn officially begins on 1 March and ends 31 May According to United States tradition, autumn runs from the day after Labor Day through Thanksgiving, after which the holiday season that demarcates the unofficial beginning of winter begins.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Autumn

    aw′tum, n. the third season of the year when fruits are gathered in, popularly comprising the months of August, September, and October—in North America, September, October, and November. Astronomically, in the northern hemisphere, it begins at the autumnal equinox, when the sun enters Libra, 22d September, and ends at the winter solstice, when the sun enters Capricorn, 21st December.—adj. Autum′nal.—adv. Autum′nally. [L. autumnus, auctumnus, anciently referred to aug-ēre, as the season of increase; by Corssen and others, to the Sans. av, to do good to.]

Editors Contribution

  1. autumn

    A season on planet earth.

    Autumn is beautiful when the leaf color changes and the landscape is so beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

  2. autumn

    In the northern hemisphere is the months of september, october and november.

    Autumn in the northern hemisphere starts in September.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

  3. autumn

    In the southern hemisphere is the months of march, april and may.

    Autumn in the southern hemisphere starts in March.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Autumn' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2571

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Autumn' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4638

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Autumn' in Nouns Frequency: #1133

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Autumn in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Autumn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Autumn in a Sentence

  1. Laura Jaworski:

    In her finest gold-tipped pen, Nature writes the poem of autumn upon the earth.

  2. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    Your love is like your whispers on leaves in the autumn, and on petals in the spring, your love, you see, is the beauty you bring.

  3. Andrew Nurnberg:

    There will inevitably be speculation regarding Harper Lee as she has lived a very private life, she was genuinely surprised at the discovery of the manuscript but delighted by the suggestion to publish what she considers to be the 'parent' to 'Mockingbird.' I met with her last autumn and again over two days in January; she was in great spirits and increasingly excited at the prospect of this novel finally seeing the light of day.

  4. Laura Jaworski:

    Autumn is a place where words fall short. It is a magic that must be felt, breathed, experienced, and treasured.”

  5. Laura Jaworski:

    Come, Autumn Roll your red-gold wave Gently Across the good earth.

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