from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to autumn.
  • adj. Past the middle of life; in the third stage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, belonging to, or peculiar to, autumn; ; produced or gathered in autumn; ; flowering in autumn.
  • adj. Past the middle of life; in the third stage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to autumn; produced or gathered in autumn: as, autumnal fruits.
  • Figuratively
  • Belonging to a period correspoding to autumn in the year; hence, past the middle stage of life: as, “an autumnal matron,” Hawthorne.
  • n. A plant that flowers in autumn.

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

  • adj. of or characteristic of or occurring in autumn
  • adj. characteristic of late maturity verging on decline


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  • And the only place it feels remotely autumnal is in the mall.

    Down South, It's A Sleeveless Autumn

  • So the piece is done in autumnal, slightly Hallowe'eny colours with spider webs stitched in each square and some inspirational words and faces.


  • Beyond definition, one with the earth upon which it plays, Shelley's "Wind" (69), no longer identified as autumnal, is also one with the poet as the practice itself of poetry — a practice that extends beyond writer and reader to effect the awakening of earth itself.

    Shelley's Golden Wind: Zen Harmonics in _A Defence of Poetry_ and 'Ode to the WestWind'

  • ABOUT THREE YEARS ago I began to notice that the natural arc both of my reading and my writing was suffering what might be called an autumnal change.

    Literary Life: A Second Memoir

  • On a certain autumnal Saturday afternoon about seventy-five or more years ago two men entered Willow Glen by the highway from the west, leading between them a wild, shaggy animal, a buffalo recently capured on the prairies, being the first one seen in this part of the country.

    Living in Dryden: Willow Glen

  • There are touches of his distinctive voice in the writing, and visually the film recalls the autumnal palette of Hannah and Her Sisters and September.

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • These seem to be anomalous or accidental instances, and we are not aware that any evidence has been brought forward to prove that they still seek the spawning beds in pairs at that period, or produce what may be called autumnal fry.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • They were two servants out for the afternoon; they wore winter coats open over summer dresses and hats that might be called autumnal, seeing that they were an ingenious blending of the best that was left from the headgear of both seasons.

    The Good Comrade

  • British landscapes have this wonderful "autumnal" feel to them and are great this time of year.

    PAINTINGS!!! Finally!!!

  • And the weather cleared up into a dim kind of autumnal fineness, into anything but an Indian summer as far as regarded gorgeousness of colouring, for on that coast the mists and sea fogs early spoil the brilliancy of the foliage.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Complete


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  • What about fallumnal?

    November 15, 2008

  • A beautiful word indeed. But one for which I am often challenged as to it's existence, shortly after having employed it...

    November 15, 2008

  • Sounds better than fallal.

    May 31, 2008

  • It is beautiful sounding, I agree. Clearly, like its meaning, the word possesses some magic.

    May 31, 2008

  • September 11, 2007

  • This is a beautiful sounding word.

    July 29, 2007