Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to winter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to winter; brumal or hiemal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging or relating to winter; wintry; winterish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging or relating to winter; wintry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characteristic of or relating to winter

Etymologies

Latin hībernālis, from hībernus, wintry; see hibernaculum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hībernālis ("wintry"), from hiems ("winter"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * I continued to speed walk past the sleepy kumquat tree, both keenly aware of and hopefully oblivious to its "hibernal" state.

    un agrume - French Word-A-Day

  • Moreover, there is no doubt that the militants are in their seasonal hibernal phase, making their annual return to Pakistan where they will rest until the fighting season begins again in the following spring.

    Khalil Nouri: The Frailty of the Afghan War

  • Beaten in our hibernal caves, we were venturing out with an emphatic olé oollée!

    aubade - French Word-A-Day

  • She stands in her house and stares into the mouths of containers, watching little diamonds of light reflect off the smooth polish of seeds, their perfect geometries, their hibernal dreams.

    Memory Wall

  • I envy the feathered and petaled merrymakers who bring the dull countryside to life while I remain sluggish to give up this cozy hibernal shell.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • The hot weather at Al-Madinah appeared to me as extreme as the hibernal cold is described to be, but the air was dry, and the open plain prevented the faint and stagnant sultriness which distinguishes

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Thus we may distribute the twelve months into six of rains, vernal and autumnal, and six of dry weather, æstival and hibernal: the following table will show the sub-sections: —

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Ms. Greenfield, like other young New Yorkers, felt that the city had entered a hibernal state and she could not find purchase.

    Go West, Young Babes

  • My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.

    vampishone Diary Entry

  • My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head coverings, were about to take slumbrous advantage of the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacaphony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.

    Sunlight Through The Shadows Magazine Volume 1 Issue 6 (ANSI Edition)

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  • Not to be confused with hibernian, though both are related to winter, since the Latin word for Ireland, Hibernia, meant "winter quarters".

    October 18, 2007