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autumnal

[aw-tuhm-nl]
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adjective
  1. belonging to or suggestive of autumn; produced or gathered in autumn: autumnal colors.
  2. past maturity or middle life.
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Origin of autumnal

From the Latin word autumnālis, dating back to 1630–40. See autumn, -al1
Related formsau·tum·nal·ly, adverbun·au·tum·nal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for autumnal

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  • Although it was now November, little or no autumnal rains had fallen.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • There are a few days in our autumnal season—very few and rare!

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

  • Autumnal leaves there are that strew the brooks, in Vallombrosa.

  • The day was sunny but cold, and there was a feeling of autumnal dampness in the air.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • The autumnal brood of females has appeared, and this is their marriage day.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard


British Dictionary definitions for autumnal

autumnal

adjective
  1. of, occurring in, or characteristic of autumn
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Derived Formsautumnally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autumnal

adj.

1570s, from Latin autumnalis "pertaining to autumn," from autumnus (see autumn).

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