climate vs clime what difference

what is difference between climate and clime



From Middle English climat, from Old French climat, from Latin clima, from Ancient Greek κλίμα (klíma, latitude, literally inclination).


  • IPA(key): /ˈklaɪmɪt/


climate (plural climates)

  1. (obsolete) An area of the earth’s surface between two parallels of latitude.
  2. (obsolete) A region of the Earth.
  3. The long-term manifestations of weather and other atmospheric conditions in a given area or country, now usually represented by the statistical summary of its weather conditions during a period long enough to ensure that representative values are obtained (generally 30 years).
    • 2018, VOA Learning English > China’s Melting Glacier Brings Visitors, Adds to Climate Concerns
      And the effects from climate change are already extreme.
  4. (figuratively) The context in general of a particular political, moral, etc., situation.

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climate (third-person singular simple present climates, present participle climating, simple past and past participle climated)

  1. (poetic, obsolete) To dwell.
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, V. i. 169:
      The blessed gods / Purge all infection from our air whilst you / Do climate here!

Further reading

  • climate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • climate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • climate at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • amletic, metical




  1. ablative singular of clima



From Latin clima, from Ancient Greek κλίμα (klíma, (zone of) latitude, literally inclination), from κλίνω (klínō, to slope, incline). See also climate.


  • IPA(key): /ˈklaɪm/
  • Rhymes: -aɪm
  • Homophone: climb


clime (countable and uncountable, plural climes)

  1. A particular region defined by its weather or climate.
    After working hard all of his life, Max retired to warmer climes in Florida.
    • 1764, Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller, or a Prospect of Society, page 9:
      My ſoul turn from them, turn we to ſurvey
      Where rougher climes a nobler race diſplay,
  2. Climate.
    A change of clime was exactly what the family needed.


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