What does winter mean?

Definitions for winter
ˈwɪn tərwin·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. winter, wintertimeverb

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

  2. winter, overwinterverb

    spend the winter

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


  1. winternoun

    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. winterverb

    To spend the winter (in a particular place).

    When they retired, they hoped to winter in Florida.

  3. winterverb

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

  4. Winternoun

    A common Germanic surname.

  5. Etymology: 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."

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Winter

    is often used in composition.

    The king sat in the winter-house, and there was a fire burning before him. Jer. xxxvi. 22.

    If in November and December they fallow, ’tis called a winter-fallowing. John Mortimer.

    Shred it very small with thyme, sweet margarome, and a little winter-savoury. Izaak Walton, Angler.

  2. WINTERnoun

    The cold season of the year.

    Etymology: winter , Saxon; winter, Danish, German, and Dutch.

    Though he were already stept into the winter of his age, he found himself warm in those desires, which were in his son far more excuseable. Philip Sidney.

    After Summer evermore succeeds
    The barren Winter with his nipping cold. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Those flaws and starts
    Impostors brow to fear, would well become
    A woman’s story at a Winter’s fire. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana: a nun of Winter’s sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    The two beneath the distant poles complain
    Of endless Winter and perpetual rain. Dryden.

    Liest thou asleep beneath those hills of snow?
    Stretch out thy lazy limbs; awake, awake,
    And Winter from thy furry mantle shake. Dryden.

    Suppose our poet was your foe before,
    Yet now, the bus’ness of the field is o’er,
    ’Tis time to let your civil wars alone,
    When troops are into Winter-quarters gone. Dryden.

    He that makes no reflections on what he reads, only loads his mind with a rhapsody of tales, fit in Winter-nights for the entertainment of others. John Locke.

    The republick have sent to prince Eugene to desire the emperor’s protection, with an offer of Winter-quarters for four thousand Germans. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Stern Winter smiles on that auspicious clime,
    The fields are florid with unfading prime. Alexander Pope.

    To define Winter, I consider first wherein it agrees with Summer, Spring, Autumn, and I find they are all seasons of the year; therefore a season of the year is a genus: then I observe wherein it differs from these, and that is in the shortness of the days; therefore this may be called its special nature, or difference: then, by joining these together, I make a definition. Winter is that season of the year wherein the days are shortest. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  3. To Winterverb

    To feed or manage in the Winter.

    The cattle generally sold for slaughter within, or exportation abroad, had never been handled or wintered at handmeat. William Temple.

    Young lean cattle may by their growth pay for their wintering, and so be ready to fat next Summer. John Mortimer.

  4. To Winterverb

    To pass the Winter.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. Is. xviii. 6.

    Because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart. Acts xxvii. 12.


  1. Winter

    Winter is the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate climates. It occurs after autumn and before spring. The tilt of Earth's axis causes seasons; winter occurs when a hemisphere is oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter brings snow and freezing temperatures. The moment of winter solstice is when the Sun's elevation with respect to the North or South Pole is at its most negative value; that is, the Sun is at its farthest below the horizon as measured from the pole. The day on which this occurs has the shortest day and the longest night, with day length increasing and night length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates outside the polar regions differ from the date of the winter solstice and depend on latitude. They differ due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth's elliptical orbit (see: earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winternoun

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

  2. Winternoun

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

  3. Winterverb

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

  4. Winterverb

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

  5. Etymology: [AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. .]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Winter

    win′tėr, n. the cold season of the year: a year: any season of cheerlessness: the last corn of the harvest, a harvest festival.—adj. wintry.—v.i. to pass the winter.—v.t. to feed, or to detain, during winter.—ns. Win′ter-app′le, an apple that keeps well in winter, or that does not ripen till winter; Win′ter-bar′ley, a kind of barley which is sown in autumn.—adj. Win′ter-beat′en (Spens.), beaten or injured by the cold of winter.—ns. Win′ter-berr′y, a name given to several shrubs of the genus Ilex, growing in the eastern parts of North America; Win′ter-bloom, the witch-hazel; Win′ter-bourne, an intermittent spring in the chalk-districts; Win′ter-cherr′y, one of the Solanaceæ, a plant with edible red berries—also called in the United States Strawberry-tomatoes: the Balloon-vine, having large triangular, inflated fruit.—adj. Win′ter-clad, warmly clad.—ns. Win′ter-clov′er, the partridge-berry; Win′ter-cress, a cruciferous plant, cultivated for winter salad; Win′ter-crop, a crop that will endure the winter, or that yields fodder in winter-time.—adj. Win′tered, having seen many winters: exposed to winter: (Shak.) worn in winter.—ns. Win′ter-fall′ow, a fallow made in the winter; Win′ter-gar′den, an ornamental garden for winter; Win′ter-green, a plant of genus Pyrola, also of Chimaphila: a plant of genus Gualtheria, whose oil is an aromatic stimulant, used chiefly in flavouring confectionery and syrups.—v.t. Win′ter-ground (Shak.), to protect, as a plant, from the inclemency of winter.—ns. Win′ter-lodge, -lodg′ment, the hibernacle of a plant.—adj. Win′terly, cheerless.—n.pl. Win′ter-quar′ters, the quarters of an army during winter: a winter residence.—ns. Win′ter-sett′le, an old word for a winter dwelling; Win′ter-tide, winter: Win′ter-wheat, wheat sown in autumn; Win′triness.—adjs. Win′try, Win′tery, resembling, or suitable to, winter: stormy. [A.S. winter; Ger. winter; of uncertain origin; not conn. with wind.]

  2. Winter

    win′tėr, n. an appliance for fixing on the front of a grate, to keep warm a tea-kettle or the like.

Editors Contribution

  1. winter

    A season on planet earth.

    Winter can bring such beauty to the landscape a crisp fresh look.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

  2. winter

    In the northern hemisphere is the months of december, january and february.

    We have moderate winters in the northern hemisphere.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

  3. winter

    In the southern hemisphere is the months of june, july and august.

    Winter in the southern hemisphere is different to the northern hemisphere.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of winter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of winter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of winter in a Sentence

  1. Farmer Ramesh Singh:

    Last year, I promised myself I wouldn't set the rice paddy residue on fire to clear my field for planting winter crops, but as the new sowing season drew closer, I started running out of time and I reluctantly set the farm waste on fire to prepare the field for wheat planting.

  2. Gary Woodland:

    He's playing some phenomenal golf, i saw him this winter out in Vegas working with Butch, and you could tell then he was dialed in.

  3. Luca Dotti:

    The joy of things blooming after a strong winter – in Switzerland we have hard winters – that was something she liked to share with us a lot.

  4. President Biden .:

    Experts say that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise in the weeks ahead this winter, and that we will see more omicron cases here in the United States in the days, weeks and months ahead. Our best scientists and doctors are on the case and gathering data, but early indications are that our vaccines will provide a measure of protection against this strain.

  5. Mayor Wang Anshun:

    We are prepared to reduce the use of coal, alleviate pollution caused by traffic, extend the use of new energy vehicles and ask more polluting plants to move out of Beijing, we promise the air quality will meet World Health Organisation standards by the start of the winter of 2022.

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