a storm accompanied by a heavy fall of snow.

Origin of snowstorm

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; snow + storm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snowstorm

Contemporary Examples of snowstorm

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



a storm with heavy snow
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Word Origin and History for snowstorm

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

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