- enPR: ôʹtəm
- Rhymes: -ɔːtəm
- Hyphenation: au‧tumn
- 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.
- (by extension) The time period when someone or something is past its prime.
- 2014, Robert Kolb, Irene Dingel & Lubomír Batka, The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology, →ISBN:
- It has been portrayed as the well-intended yet wrongly directed reaction to latter-day scholasticism, or as the harvest of medieval theology in its autumn years, as a revolution that is theological, political, economic, cultural—or all of the above.
- 2014, Berch Berberoglu, The Global Capitalist Crisis and Its Aftermath, →ISBN:
- Unlike the decline of British hegemony, in the current world-system no military or economic contender has emerged to replace US hegemony. Even though the US SCA has entered its autumn with the Vietname War and the economic crisis of the mid-1970s, there has been no legitimate hegemonic contender capable of instituting a new global regime to resolve both social and economic contradictions of global capitalism.
- 2014, May Sarton, At Seventy: A Journal, →ISBN:
- The autumn of life is also a matter of saying farewell, but the strange thing is that I do not feel it is autumn.
- (fashion) A person with relatively dark hair and a warm skin tone, seen as best suited to certain colours in clothing.
Note that season names are not capitalized in modern English unless at the beginning of a sentence, for example, I can't wait for spring to arrive. Exceptions occur when the season is personified, as in Old Man Winter, is used as part of a name, as in the Winter War, or is used as a given name, as in Summer Glau. This is in contrast to the days of the week and months of the year, which are always capitalized (Thursday or September).
- (season): (US, Canada) fall, (UK dialect) harvest, (UK dialect) back end.
- (time when past prime): decline.
- autumn bells
- autumn colors, autumn colours
- autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
- autumn equinox
- autumn fever
- autumn fly (Musca autumnalis)
- Autumn Harvest Uprising
- autumn ice
- autumnise, autumnize
- autumn leaf
- autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)
- autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
- autumn pumpkin
- autumn romance
- autumn rustic
- autumn skullcap (Galerina marginata)
- autumn sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
- autumn term
- German Autumn
- Hot Autumn
- Adonis autumnalis
- autumnal equinox
- Colchichum autumnale
- Coregonus autumnalis
- Coregonus autumnalis migratorius
- Dendrocygna autumnalis
- Epirrita autumnata
- Galerina autumnalis
- Helenium autumnale
- Lacus Autumni
- Leontodon autumnale, Leontodon autumnalis
- Leptospira autumnalis
- Leptus autumnalis
- Musca autumnalis
- Neotrombicula autumnalis
- Plegadis autumnalis
- Scilla autumnalis
- Trombicula autumnalis
autumn (not comparable)
- Of or relating to autumn; autumnal
- autumn leaves
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
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