- the cold season between autumn and spring in northern latitudes (in the Northern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox; in the Southern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox).
- the months of December, January, and February in the U.S., and of November, December, and January in Great Britain.
- cold weather: a touch of winter in northern Florida.
- the colder half of the year (opposed to summer).
- a whole year as represented by this season: a man of sixty winters.
- a period like winter, as the last or final period of life; a period of decline, decay, inertia, dreariness, or adversity.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of winter: a winter sunset.
- (of fruit and vegetables) of a kind that may be kept for use during the winter.
- planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer: winter rye.
- to spend or pass the winter: to winter in Italy.
- to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle: plants wintering indoors.
Origin of winter
Examples from the Web for winter
One line in “Winter Wonderland” has stopped countless people dead in their tracks.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
After all, the Russians were about to mount a winter offensive of their own.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
But Winter is dead, Clapton is tired of life on the road, and King unreliable in concert.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
With the harsh Middle Eastern winter approaching fast, what people in Syria and Iraq need most, in fact, is humanitarian support.Dutch Biker Gangs Vs. ISIS
Nadette De Visser, Christopher Dickey
December 9, 2014
Micah is 10 years old and he had a coat geared to the season, a Patagonia winter jacket with a hood.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
It was on this errand that she first visited Boston—we believe in the winter of 1858-59.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Winter was near and he had no money to buy cloaks for his children.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I'd been figurin' and schemin' all autumn how to get my traps before the winter comes on.Way of the Lawless
The winter has been trying; there is rain one day, frost the next.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
I must keep on steadily with Ted's Latin this fall and winter.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
- (sometimes capital)the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring, astronomically from the December solstice to the March equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere
- (as modifier)winter pasture
- the period of cold weather associated with the winter
- a time of decline, decay, etc
- mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona man of 72 winters Related adjectives: brumal, hibernal, hiemal
- (intr) to spend the winter in a specified place
- to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter
Word Origin and History for winter
Old English, "fourth season of the year," from Proto-Germanic *wentruz (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch winter, Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, German winter, Danish and Swedish vinter, Gothic wintrus, Old Norse vetr "winter"), possibly from PIE *wed-/*wod-/*ud- "wet" (see water), or from *wind- "white" (cf. Celtic vindo- "white").
The Anglo-Saxons counted years in "winters," cf. Old English ænetre "one-year-old." Old Norse Vetrardag, first day of winter, was the Saturday that fell between Oct. 10 and 16.
"to pass the winter (in some place)," late 14c., from winter (n.). Related: Wintered; wintering.