from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The season of the year between summer and winter, lasting from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice and from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere; fall.
- n. A period of maturity verging on decline.
- adj. Of, having to do with, occurring in, or appropriate to the season of autumn: autumn foliage; autumn harvests.
- adj. Grown during the season of autumn: autumn crops.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Traditionally the third of the four seasons, when deciduous trees lose their leaves; typically regarded as being from September 24 to December 22 in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and the months of March, April and May in the Southern Hemisphere.
- adj. Of or relating to autumn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The harvest or fruits of autumn.
- n. The time of maturity or decline; latter portion; third stage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Figuratively
- n. A period of maturity, or of incipient decay, abatement, or decline: as, the autumn of life.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the season when the leaves fall from the trees
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.