- Y·vor [ahy-vawr] /ˈaɪ vɔr/, 1900–68, U.S. poet and critic.
- the cold season between autumn and spring in northern latitudes (in the Northern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox; in the Southern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox).
- the months of December, January, and February in the U.S., and of November, December, and January in Great Britain.
- cold weather: a touch of winter in northern Florida.
- the colder half of the year (opposed to summer).
- a whole year as represented by this season: a man of sixty winters.
- a period like winter, as the last or final period of life; a period of decline, decay, inertia, dreariness, or adversity.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of winter: a winter sunset.
- (of fruit and vegetables) of a kind that may be kept for use during the winter.
- planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer: winter rye.
- to spend or pass the winter: to winter in Italy.
- to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle: plants wintering indoors.
Origin of winter
Examples from the Web for winters
Winters uses that cataclysmic event to examine the slow deterioration of communal life in the face of annihilation.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
For three days in a row, Yeager returned until she spotted Winters again and persuaded her to pose for a photo shoot.The Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds
May 31, 2014
Fall and early summer are the ideal times to visit, in-between the bitter winters and the humidity of the hot August nights.The Foodie Capital of Canada
May 31, 2014
Harvesting is continual and despite the cold local winters at headquarters, the food stays warm in the indoor fields.America’s Next Agricultural Revolution Will Happen Indoors
April 26, 2014
“This guy is a real challenge to the whole libertarian-leaning laissez-faire political idea,” says Winters of Francis.How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP
April 18, 2014
But Uncle Peter had already put in some hard winters, and was not wanting in fortitude.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Rico was almost nine years old, and had been to school for two winters.Rico and Wiseli
It was his courage and perseverance in remaining four whole winters among the ice.The Field of Ice
Look for all the world just as I done when I had the tonsils two winters ago.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
The summers and winters came and went and Mary-'Gusta's birthdays came and went with them.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (sometimes capital)the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring, astronomically from the December solstice to the March equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere
- (as modifier)winter pasture
- the period of cold weather associated with the winter
- a time of decline, decay, etc
- mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona man of 72 winters Related adjectives: brumal, hibernal, hiemal
- (intr) to spend the winter in a specified place
- to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter
Word Origin and History for winters
Old English, "fourth season of the year," from Proto-Germanic *wentruz (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch winter, Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, German winter, Danish and Swedish vinter, Gothic wintrus, Old Norse vetr "winter"), possibly from PIE *wed-/*wod-/*ud- "wet" (see water), or from *wind- "white" (cf. Celtic vindo- "white").
The Anglo-Saxons counted years in "winters," cf. Old English ænetre "one-year-old." Old Norse Vetrardag, first day of winter, was the Saturday that fell between Oct. 10 and 16.
"to pass the winter (in some place)," late 14c., from winter (n.). Related: Wintered; wintering.