from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The season of the year between summer and winter, during which the weather becomes cooler and many plants become dormant, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice and popularly considered to include the months of September, October, and November; fall. In the Southern Hemisphere autumn includes March, April, and May.
- noun A period of maturity verging on decline.
- adjective Relating to or occurring in autumn.
- adjective Grown during the season of autumn.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The third season of the year, or the season between summer and winter: often called
fall, as being the time of the falling of the leaves.
- noun Figuratively
- noun A period of maturity, or of incipient decay, abatement, or decline: as, the autumn of life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
- noun The harvest or fruits of autumn.
- noun The time of maturity or decline; latter portion; third stage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Traditionally the third of the four
seasons, when deciduoustrees lose their leaves; typically regarded as being from September24 to December22 in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and the months of March, Apriland Mayin the Southern Hemisphere.
- adjective Of or relating to autumn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the season when the leaves fall from the trees
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
This last view of baseball in autumn is nothing new.
The leaf the idle wind shakes down in autumn from the tree,
"If these Bayern are the real deal, the word autumn champions might just take on a whole new meaning," predicted Abendzeitung eerily.
The dying of the light in the autumn is a particularly bad spot, often.
But the real haute couture story of this autumn is a young British designer who is about to transform the highly traditional world of Italian shoes.
In stating that "the fashionable flag under which to fly this autumn is the F-word", Glover is correct that fairness will remain a central political battleground.
The chicadees are gathering about the houses again; these birds are resident with us through the year, but we seldom see them in summer; until the month of June they are often met fluttering about the groves near at hand, but from that time until the autumn is advancing, perhaps you will not see one.
He thus strangely forgets that what we call autumn is springtime in the southern hemisphere (_Astronomy of the Ancients_, p. 511).
North America I'm from the UK, and North Americans share three names for their seasons with us (Winter, spring and summer), but what we call autumn is called the Fall, what are the origins of this?
And I've decided that 'autumn' is a much more pleasant and pretty sounding and looking word than 'fall' is.