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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or occurring in winter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. belonging to winter; winter-like
  • adj. characteristic or related to winter
  • adj. occurring in winter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to winter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to winter; wintry; hibernal.

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

  • adj. characteristic of or relating to winter


Latin brūmālis, from brūma, winter, from *brevima (diēs), the shortest (day) or winter solstice, archaic superlative of brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin brūmālis ("of or pertaining to the winter solstice; wintry"), from brūma ("the winter solstice; winter"), which is a contraction of *brevima ("the shortest (day)"). (Wiktionary)



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