Definition of winter in English:


Syllabification: win·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈwintər


  • 1The coldest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from December to February and in the southern hemisphere from June to August: the tree has a good crop of berries in winter [as modifier]: the winter months
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    • The climate here is normally split into two seasons, long cold winters and long hot summers.
    • Therefore, short, cool growing seasons and cold winters are often thought of as barriers to crop growth and diversification in the Subarctic.
    • But after a cold winter in the southern uplands you may recognise that ending up on a human dinner plate is not so bad.
    wintertime, cold season, snow season; Old Man Winter
    literary wintertide
  • 1.1 Astronomy The period from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.
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    • Similarly the winters in the north are shorter and milder than they would be otherwise.
    • Spirit and Opportunity have also roved through the worst of the Martian winter with flying colors, and spring is on the horizon.
    • Saturnalia celebrated the rebirth of Saturn, the god of the harvest, and the dawn of the new year from the winter's darkness.
  • 1.2 (winters) • literary Years: he seemed a hundred winters old
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    • Find those things and nourish them through the summers and winters of this lifetime.
    • Newman's innings was the first time this summer he had managed to convert a solid start into a significant score and showed many of the skills that earned him Academy recognition two winters ago.
    • But before she ended her career she spent two winters, from 1965 to 1967, chartered to operate between Los Angeles and Acapulco for Princess Cruises.


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  • 1(Of fruit and vegetables) ripening late in the growing season and suitable for storage over the winter: a winter apple
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    • No purist, he happily uses olive oil in a Thai-style curry paste, chops cress on to avocados and serves pomegranate, a winter fruit, at a summer party.
    • The others went for the escallops of pork served on a bed of butternut squash purée with wild mushroom brandy sauce and a winter fruit chutney.
    • Several lines of evidence suggest winter fruit may be important to less frugivorous species as well.
  • 1.1(Of wheat or other crops) sown in autumn for harvesting the following year.
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    • The greatest risk is in fields where a winter cereal cover crop has been used.
    • The study is researching the practice of planting soybeans into cover crops of winter rye.
    • In this situation, we plant the hay seed into a nurse crop of winter wheat or spring oats.


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  • 1(Especially of a bird) spend the winter in a particular place: birds wintering in the Caribbean
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    • Like many of the Arctic refuge's birds, snow geese winter in warmer parts of the lower 48 states.
    • The birds wintering in Washington breed in the northern Great Plains, usually beginning by late April.
    • These routes used by migratory birds for passage between wintering and breeding ranges are called flyways.
  • 1.1 [with object] Keep or feed (plants or cattle) during winter.
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    • Store cattle being wintered with a view to finishing off grass next summer will require 2-3 kg meal/day with poor quality silage.
    • There are no slatted sheds allowed in Scotland so wintering cattle can be pretty labour intensive.
    • We never wintered cattle there because of its remoteness and lack of shelter.



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  • Two Annas arrived, at the same River Ridge home, after many of the winterers had already departed.
  • We had more problems in the first two hours of the winter than the previous winterers had all year.
  • Also, the Shackleton has been here and left this morning with the last of last year's winterers on it.


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  • I decided I needed a mid-winter break so what better place to visit than the Bay of Islands in the winterless north?
  • Coming to you from sunny winterless Queensland.


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  • Guided tour through the winterly forest followed by hotpot meal and mulled wine at the outer pavilion of our hotel
  • The proverbial ‘remoteness’ of the winterly polar environment may become a trauma for sensitive persons.
  • Organisers are anticipating with great interest the results of the last exhibition day which was marked by deep winterly weather conditions.


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch winter and German Winter, probably also to wet.

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