- 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 wintered
They had wintered it and springed it, and clung to it through bright days and dark.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
There they wintered, and there in the spring was born a son and heir to all the Blandamer estates.The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
Where they stopped they wintered, building cabins and starting "towns."Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
The following is the system I have adopted in the selection of the cattle I have wintered.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
They are perfectly hardy, and can be wintered without any protection.Your Plants
- (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 wintered
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.