Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to winter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging or relating to winter; wintry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to winter; brumal or hiemal

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

  • adjective characteristic of or relating to winter

Etymologies

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

[Latin hībernālis, from hībernus, wintry; see hibernaculum.]

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From Latin hībernālis ("wintry"), from hiems ("winter").

Examples

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

    French Word-A-Day:

  • * 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

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

    French Word-A-Day:

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

    French Word-A-Day:

  • * 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!

    French Word-A-Day:

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

    aubade - 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

  • 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

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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