Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or relating to winter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging to winter; occurring in winter: as, the hiemal solstice.

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  • adjective rare Of or pertaining to winter, wintry.

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  • adjective characteristic of or relating to winter

Etymologies

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

[Latin hiemālis, from hiems, winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin hiemālis ("pertaining to winter"), from hiems ("winter"). More at hibernate.

Examples

  • The early Christians certainly knew the date of the hiemal solstice, and if they had wanted to match it, they would not have chosen December 25.

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