Synonyms for autumn

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AUTUMN

I'd been figurin' and schemin' all autumn how to get my traps before the winter comes on.

Not a breeze can stir but it thrills us with the breath of autumn.

The son of Monseigneur will in the autumn marry Mademoiselle de Voincourt.

From week to week it was put off till the autumn was far advanced.

Thus the Summer and Autumn passed away, and a cold Winter had come.

It was autumn now, and the greenwood was not what it had been.

Autumn had begun to tinge the foliage on the banks of Winandermere.

It was then autumn; and field, and even garden flowers were growing rare.

In 1793 he published his first papers; and in the autumn of 1795 he entered the University of Gottingen.

His last visit to his native valley was in the autumn of 1845.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., autumpne (modern form from 16c.), from Old French autumpne, automne (13c.), from Latin autumnus (also auctumnus, perhaps influenced by auctus "increase"), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Etruscan, but Tucker suggests a meaning "drying-up season" and a root in *auq- (which would suggest the form in -c- was the original) and compares archaic English sere-month "August."

Harvest was the English name for the season until autumn began to displace it 16c. In Britain, the season is popularly August through October; in U.S., September through November. Cf. Italian autunno, Spanish otoño, Portuguese outono, all from the Latin word. Unlike the other three seasons, its names across the Indo-European languages leave no evidence that there ever was a common word for it.

Many "autumn" words mean "end, end of summer," or "harvest." Cf. also Lithuanian ruduo "autumn," from rudas "reddish," in reference to leaves; Old Irish fogamar, literally "under-winter."

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