- The season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year."Of thirty winterhe was old." [Chaucer.]"And after summer evermore succeeds Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold." [Shak.]" Winter lingering chills the lap of May." [Goldsmith.]
- The period of decay, old age, death, or the like."Life's autumn past, I stand on winter's verge." [Wordsworth.]
Note: ☞ North of the equator, winter is popularly taken to include the months of December, January, and February (see Season). Astronomically, it may be considered to begin with the winter solstice, about December 21st, and to end with the vernal equinox, about March 21st.
Etymology: AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. ����