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Origin of snowfall

First recorded in 1815–25; snow + fall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Here and there acres of white blossom, looking like a snowfall.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Snowfall is very rare as far south as the City of Mexico, but is not unknown.


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • The snowfall was lighter now; he could find his way more easily.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • The First Snowfall is one of the most perfect poems in our language.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester

  • The next morning was cold, but the snowfall had ceased for a spell.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

British Dictionary definitions for snowfall


  1. a fall of snow
  2. meteorol the amount of snow received in a specified place and time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snowfall

1821, "fall of snow," especially a quiet one (as distinguished from a snowstorm), from snow (n.) + storm (n.). From 1875 as "amount that falls at a place in a given time."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper