Autumn Au"tumn, n. [L. auctumnus, autumnus, perh. fr. a root av to satisfy one's self: cf. F. automne. See {Avarice}.] 1. The third season of the year, or the season between summer and winter, often called ``the {fall}.'' Astronomically, it begins in the northern temperate zone at the autumnal equinox, about September 23, and ends at the winter solstice, about December 23; but in popular language, autumn, in America, comprises September, October, and November. [1913 Webster]

Note: In England, according to Johnson, autumn popularly comprises August, September, and October. In the southern hemisphere, the autumn corresponds to our spring. [1913 Webster]

2. The harvest or fruits of autumn. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The time of maturity or decline; latter portion; third stage. [1913 Webster]

Dr. Preston was now entering into the autumn of the duke's favor. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

Life's autumn past, I stand on winter's verge. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Autumn — Autumn: Autumn (группа, Нидерланды)  нидерландская готик метал группа. Autumn (группа, Россия)  российская готик/дум метал группа. Autumn Aurora  второй альбом украинской блэк метал группы Drudkh. Autumn Sky  восьмой студийный …   Википедия

  • Autumn — (engl. Herbst) bezeichnet: eine niederländische Band, siehe Autumn (Niederlande) eine US amerikanische Band, siehe Autumn (USA) ein Album von George Winston Autumn Reeser, eine US amerikanische Schauspielerin Emilie Autumn, eine US amerikanische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • autumn — (n.) late 14c., autumpne (modern form from 16c.), from O.Fr. autumpne, automne (13c.), from L. autumnus (also auctumnus, perhaps influenced by auctus increase ), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Etruscan, but Tucker suggests a meaning drying up… …   Etymology dictionary

  • autumn — see fall …   Modern English usage

  • autumn — [n] season between summer and winter autumnal equinox, fall, harvest; concept 814 Ant. spring …   New thesaurus

  • autumn — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ the season after summer and before winter. DERIVATIVES autumnal adjective. ORIGIN Latin autumnus …   English terms dictionary

  • autumn — [ôt′əm] n. [ME autumpne < OFr autompne < L autumnus, auctumnus; prob. of Etr orig.] 1. the season that comes between summer and winter; fall: in the astronomical year, that period between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Autumn — Fall redirects here. For other uses, see Fall (disambiguation). This article is about the temperate season. For other uses, see Autumn (disambiguation). An autumn vineyard in Napa Valley, California …   Wikipedia

  • Autumn — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Autumn est un mot anglais qui signifie automne. Autumn est un roman de Philippe Delerm parut en 1988. Autumn est un groupe de doom metal / gothic metal… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • autumn — /aw teuhm/, n. 1. the season between summer and winter; fall. In the Northern Hemisphere it is from the September equinox to the December solstice; in the Southern Hemisphere it is from the March equinox to the June solstice. 2. a time of full… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”