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.
2. A year as expressed through the recurrence of the winter season.
3. A period of time characterized by coldness, misery, barrenness, or death.
1. Relating to or occurring in winter: winter blizzards; winter attire.
2. Grown during the season of winter: winter herbs.
v. win·tered, win·ter·ing, win·ters
1. To spend the winter: wintered in Arizona.
2. To feed in winter. Used with on: deer wintering on cedar bark.
To lodge, keep, or care for during the winter: wintering the sheep in the stable.
a. (sometimes capital) the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring, astronomically from the December solstice to the March equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere
b. (as modifier): winter pasture.
2. (Physical Geography) the period of cold weather associated with the winter
3. a time of decline, decay, etc
4. chiefly poetic a year represented by this season: a man of 72 winters.
5. (intr) to spend the winter in a specified place
6. (Agriculture) to keep or feed (farm animals, etc) during the winter or (of farm animals) to be kept or fed during the winter
[Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wintar, Old Norse vetr, Gothic wintrus]
ˈwinterish, ˈwinter-ˌlike adj
win•ter (ˈwɪn tər)
1. the cold season between autumn and spring, in the Northern Hemisphere from the December solstice to the March equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere from the June solstice to the September equinox.
2. the months of December, January, and February in the U.S., and of November, December, and January in Great Britain.
3. cold weather: a touch of winter in the air.
the colder half of the year (opposed to summer
5. a year: a man of 60 winters.
6. a period like winter; a period of decline, dreariness, or adversity. adj.
7. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of winter.
8. (of fruit and vegetables) of a kind that may be kept for use during the winter.
9. planted in the autumn to be harvested in the spring or early summer: winter rye. v.i.
10. to spend or pass the winter. v.t.
11. to keep, feed, or manage during the winter, as plants or cattle.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Saxon, Old High German wintar,
Old Norse vetr,
probably akin to wet
Winter is the season between autumn and spring. In winter, the weather is cold.
A lot of plants and wild animals died during the harsh winter.
It was a dark winter's night.
If you want to say that something happens every year during this season, you say that it happens in winter or in the winter.
The park closes earlier in winter.
In the winter the path can be icy.
Don't say that something happens 'in the winters' or 'in winters'.