English Vocabulary – Autumn

For half the world, autumn has arrived. For the other half, spring has sprung. So, let’s learn some new words and expressions related to the change of season! This post will cover autumn and the next will be all about spring.

Autumn vocabulary

Acorn – the nut of the oak tree.

Autmnal – relating to, resembling, or associated with autumn.

Chestnuts – a type of tree that produces large, sweet nuts that can be eaten.

Chilly – noticeably cold.

Cider – a drink made from apples.

Deciduous – having leaves that fall off every year.

Equinox – a day when day and night are the same length.

Fall – the season between summer and winter : the season when leaves fall from trees : autumn.

Gourd – any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for decoration and not for eating.

Harvest – the season when crops are gathered from the fields or the activity of gathering crops.

Maize – corn.

Persimmon – a small, round, orange fruit.

Pine cone – a hard and dry part that is the fruit of a pine tree and contains many seeds.

Quilt – a bed cover with stitched designs that is made of two layers of cloth filled with wool, cotton, or soft feathers.

Sleet – frozen or partly frozen rain.

Autumn expressions

Autumn years – often used to refer to the later years in someone’s life.


“In his autumn years, Peter was able to enjoy his garden a lot more”

Take a leaf out of someone’s book – to behave or to do something in a way that someone else would.


“I’m going to take a page out of Lauren’s book and start bringing my own coffee to work: it will save so much money!”

To squirrel something away – to hide something or store something in the way that a squirrel stores nuts for use in the winter.


“Barry is always squirreling his money away. We think he’s saving up for a long holiday next year”


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