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Definition of "winter" []

  • The usually coldest season of the year, occurring between autumn and spring, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox, and popularly considered to be constituted by December, January, and February. (noun)
  • A year as expressed through the recurrence of the winter season. (noun)
  • A period of time characterized by coldness, misery, barrenness, or death. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, occurring in, or appropriate to the season of winter: winter blizzards; winter attire. (adjective)
  • Grown during the season of winter: winter herbs. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "winter" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes the cough and expectoration disappear when the weather becomes warm, to appear again with the return of winter, which has gained for it the appellation of _winter cough_."
  • "Drawback to shipping in winter is worrying about items getting frozen in transit."
  • "Putting the clocks back in winter is bad for health, wastes energy and increases pollution, scientists say, and putting an end to the practice in northern areas could bring major health and environmental benefits."