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  1. a storm accompanied by a heavy fall of snow.
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Origin of snowstorm

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; snow + storm
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Related Words for snowstorm

blast, downpour, blizzard, tornado, gust, hurricane, tempest, squall, gale, disturbance, cyclone, twister, precipitation, monsoon, snowstorm, blow, windstorm, cloudburst, whirlwind, firn

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Historical Examples of snowstorm

  • Nevertheless, the children rejoiced greatly in the snowstorm.

    The Paradise of Children

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The snowstorm subsided, the sky became clear, and we set off.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • And even in the yard it was evident that the snowstorm had become more violent.

    Master and Man

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Just blow that—that Snowstorm of yours the other way for a spell, won't you?

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He'd had a penguin in a snowstorm and he'd been happy with it.

    The Doorway

    Evelyn E. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for snowstorm


  1. a storm with heavy snow
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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 snowstorm


1771, from snow (n.) + storm (n.).

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