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Why do we call the 4 seasons of the year spring, summer, autumn and winter? Every year that passes there is a cycle in which 4 seasons arise on earth, -visible in some places- due to the tilt of the planet and its distance from the sun. Let us see what circumstances gave rise and meaning to names of the four seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter.

What does the name spring mean?

Spring. It was in ancient Rome, where this name arises. They considered this period as the most important, because in this season the sun rose higher and the flowers were born. That’s why they called him “cousin see” which means “the first greenery”. Some time later the name was changed to “spring”

What does summer mean?

Summer. The Romans called him “summer tempus” which means “green times”. Thus, they highlighted that this season was a continuation of the “first greenery (or spring)” that had occurred months before.

What does autumn mean?

Fall. This word is derived from the Latin “autumnus” and basically consists of two words, increase (actus) not anymore (Annus). Hence the word means the “increase or fullness (totality) of the year.” Implying that, at this point, the greenness of the vegetation has reached its fullness and now is the time when its green color begins to descend.

What is the meaning of winter?

Winter. Comes from latin hibernus and this in turn hiems which refers to snow. And it is that in some regions of the Greek and Roman empire there was snow at this time of year.

Now that we know the origin of these words, we will better understand some characteristics of the seasons of the year.

What do you think? Do you appreciate the four seasons in your country?

This article was originally published on on June 11, 2018. Updated: April 8, 2021.

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