Capital Letters with the Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), and Winter)

The Quick Answer
The seasons are not written with capital letters unless they form part of a name. For example:
  • I am leaving in the winter.
  • I live near Winter Mountain River.
Be aware there is a ruling that states that you can use capital letters for the seasons when they are personified (i.e., when they are given human traits). This is not a common convention, but it's quaint.

Capital Letters and the Seasons

The four seasons (spring, summer, autumn () / fall (), and winter) are not written with capital letters.

The names of the seasons are considered common nouns not proper nouns.

Examples of Lowercase and Capital Letters and the Seasons

Below are some examples of the seasons being used in sentences.
  • Where are you going this spring?

  • This is the second time I have been skiing this Winter.
  • (In this example, the word Winter does not form part of a proper noun. Therefore, it should be written with a lowercase letter.)

  • Let's visit the Winter Palace.
  • (In this example, the word Winter does form part of a proper noun. Therefore, it is correctly written with capital letter.)

  • Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. (Victor Hugo)

  • There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! (Percy Bysshe)

See Also

Capital letters in advertisements Capital letters and the points of the compass Capital letters with moons, stars and planets Using capital letters with proper and common nouns Capital letters start sentences What is title case? Test on using capital letters