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The season of the year which is the transition period from summer to winter, occurring as the sun approaches the winter solstice; beginning is marked by the autumnal equinox. Also known as fall.

What does it mean when you dream about autumn? (fall)

The autumn season has mixed associations. On the one hand, the fall is traditionally harvest time, indicating a sense that one is finally reaping the benefits of prior efforts. On the other hand, it is associated with a winding down of energies before the barrenness of winter, as in the expression “the autumn of one’s life.”


personification; portrayed as mature and manly. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 322]
god of this season. [Rom. Myth.: Hall, 130]
goddess of autumn and corn season. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 53]
conical receptacle full of the fruits of the harvest. [World Culture: Misc.]
grapes and vine
leaves symbolize harvest of vineyards for wine. [Art: Ha11, 130]
Indian summer
a period of mild, dry weather occurring in U.S. and Canada in late autumn. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
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Sarah Williamson, winner of the woodwind prize in the BBC Young Musician competition, is soloist in Mozart's autumnally lovely Clarinet Concerto, and the concert concludes with the same composer's majestic and exhilarating final symphony, the Jupiter.
As father Jim (Oliver Platt) drives his brood through long stretches of autumnally denuded trees to the city, it's hard to say what his more realistically thinking passengers dread most: April's sure-to-be-awful cooking or the inevitable blow-up between her and Joy.
The distinct and minutely detailed cityscape of the previous action has given way to a suburban landscape where the orchards are both autumnally in fruit and laden with early spring blossom.