- The definition of winter is designed for or taking place in the coldest season.
An example of winter used as an adjective is in the phrase "winter coat," which means a warm coat generally worn during the coldest weather.
- Winter is the coldest season of the year, or a dreary time.
- An example of winter is the season in which January falls in the United States.
- An example of winter is the later years in someone's life; the winter of their life.
- Winter is defined as to keep up, go through or maintain during the winter.
An example of winter is to survive a long period of very cold weather; to winter the storm.
A beautiful winter morning.
- the coldest season of the year: in the North Temperate Zone, generally regarded as including the months of December, January, and February: in the astronomical year, that period between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox
- the typically cold weather of this season
- a year as reckoned by this season: a man of eighty winters
- any period of decline, dreariness, adversity, etc.
Origin of winterMiddle English ; from Old English akin to Old Norse vetr, Gothic wintrus, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form wed-, to make wet: see water
- of or characteristic of winter
- designed for or taking place during winter: winter sports
- that will keep during the winter: winter apples
- planted in the fall to be harvested in the spring: winter wheat
- to pass the winter
- to be supplied with food and shelter in the winter
- a. In the Northern Hemisphere, usually the coldest season of the year, occurring between autumn and spring and including the months of December, January, and February. In the Southern Hemisphere austral winter includes June, July, and August.b. The season extending from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.
- A year as expressed through the recurrence of the winter season.
- A period of time characterized by coldness, misery, barrenness, or death.
- Relating to or occurring in winter: winter blizzards; winter attire.
- Grown during the season of winter: winter herbs.
verbwin·tered, win·ter·ing, win·ters
- To spend the winter: wintered in Arizona.
- To feed in winter. Used with on: deer wintering on cedar bark.
Origin of winterMiddle English, from Old English; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Traditionally the fourth of the four seasons, typically regarded as being from December 23 to March 20 in continental regions of the Northern Hemisphere or the months of June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the time when the sun is lowest in the sky, resulting in short days, and the time of year with the lowest atmospheric temperatures for the region.
- (figuratively) The period of decay, old age, death, or the like.
(third-person singular simple present winters, present participle wintering, simple past and past participle wintered)
From Middle English, from Old English winter, from Proto-Germanic *wintruz. Compare West Frisian and Dutch winter, German Winter, Danish vinter.
- A surname. (A common Germanic one.)