Origin of snowfield

First recorded in 1835–45; snow + field Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for snowfield

Historical Examples of snowfield

  • Hot passions cooled before the breath of the snowfield and the glacier.

    The Man

    Bram Stoker

  • Then you saw the edge of the snowfield of Mount Sarmiento far to the south.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • For example, within a snowfield the summers remain relatively cold.

    Climatic Changes

    Ellsworth Huntington

  • Wherever, beneath the edge of a snowfield, the country shapes itself into a valley, there you will find a glacier.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway

    A.F. Mockler-Ferryman

  • She impatiently dried the tears from her eyes, so that she could see over the snowfield in front of the house.

British Dictionary definitions for snowfield


  1. a large area of permanent snow
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

snowfield in Science


  1. A large expanse of snow, usually with a smooth and uniform surface, and especially at the head of a glacier.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.