Definition of winter solstice in English:

winter solstice

Syllabification: win·ter sol·stice

noun

1The solstice that marks the onset of winter, at the time of the shortest day, about December 22 in the northern hemisphere and June 21 in the southern hemisphere.
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  • Of course the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The Greeks celebrated the New Year on December 21 at the winter solstice, when the day was at its shortest.
  • The winter solstice falls on December 21, marking the year's longest night.
1.1 Astronomy The solstice in December.
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  • Similarly Chinese New Year is often celebrated at the second full moon after the winter solstice, although again the precise rules are complicated.
  • The times between winter solstices, or between autumnal equinoxes, also give different values for the astronomical ‘year.’
  • Each year, on the fifth night after the new moon following the winter solstice, white-robed priests performed a solemn ritual, cutting mistletoe from oaks using a golden sickle.

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