Definition of blackthorn winter in English:

blackthorn winter


  • A spell of cold weather at the time in early spring when the blackthorn flowers.

    • ‘The white flowers occur before the leaves in what is invariably a bad spell of weather (blackthorn winter).’
    • ‘This year we have definitely had a blackthorn winter in Northern England.’
    • ‘The blackthorn winter of that particular April was like a metaphor for her whole life: for the end of glamour, financial security and marriage.’
    • ‘A harsh winter was called blackthorn winter indicating associations with strength against adversity.’