Definition of humidity in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /(h)yo͞oˈmidədē/

noun (plural humidities)

1The state or quality of being humid.
Example sentences
  • Of course, keeping beautiful amid the heat and humidity is no easy task, so the Shanghai Star brings you some new and effective ways to help you look your best in the hot weather.
  • Intense heat and humidity, coupled with painful swollen feet which was a side effect of surgery, meant I could complete only four of the gruelling seven days walking.
  • Last night a combination of work colleagues passing off responsibilities and humidity meant that at 2.30 I was awake, fully conscious and alert.
1.1A quantity representing the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere or a gas: the temperature is seventy-seven, the humidity in the low thirties
More example sentences
  • High temperatures favour chemical erosion, and high humidities and rainfall ensure that abundant water is available for the dissolution process.
  • Wind speeds, humidities, and rainfall were not significantly related to mean summer temperature of the region in any 3°C temperature band.
  • The structures that make up a snowflake can then be observed under different temperatures and humidities, including the arms, plates, columns and side branches which make each one unique.
1.2Atmospheric moisture.
Example sentences
  • If the rising air has enough humidity, clouds and precipitation form.
  • These terms are sensitive to air temperature, atmospheric humidity, cloudiness, and wind.
  • It is indigenous to African regions characterized by abundantly distributed rainfall and atmospheric humidity frequently approaching saturation.


Late Middle English: from Old French humidite or Latin humiditas, from humidus (see humid).

Words that rhyme with humidity

acidity, acridity, aridity, avidity, cupidity, flaccidity, fluidity, frigidity, hybridity, insipidity, intrepidity, limpidity, liquidity, lividity, lucidity, morbidity, placidity, putridity, quiddity, rabidity, rancidity, rapidity, rigidity, solidity, stolidity, stupidity, tepidity, timidity, torpidity, torridity, turgidity, validity, vapidity

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hu·mid·i·ty

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.