belonging to or suggestive of autumn; produced or gathered in autumn: autumnal colors.
past maturity or middle life.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for autumnal

fall, blooming, mature, cultivated, seasoned

Examples from the Web for autumnal

Contemporary Examples of autumnal

Historical Examples of autumnal

  • 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!


    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



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

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

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