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[aw-tuhm-nl] /ɔˈtʌm nl/
belonging to or suggestive of autumn; produced or gathered in autumn:
autumnal colors.
past maturity or middle life.
Origin of autumnal
1630-40; < Latin autumnālis. See autumn, -al1
Related forms
autumnally, adverb
unautumnal, adjective Unabridged
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  • With that she sighed, for the thought recalled to her the melancholy of an autumnal landscape.

  • The day was sunny but cold, and there was a feeling of autumnal dampness in the air.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • The autumnal laying of the China and of the common goose is very valuable for this purpose.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • Where autumnal fevers are common they are usually of similar character.

  • Spica, however, is a star of the first magnitude, and lies a little east of the place of the autumnal equinox.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • The snow had gone off in a thaw, releasing a multitude of autumnal aromas.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • On these I spent days observing and enjoying the autumnal activities of Beaverdom.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for autumnal


of, occurring in, or characteristic of autumn
Derived Forms
autumnally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autumnal

1570s, from Latin autumnalis "pertaining to autumn," from autumnus (see autumn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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