Capital Letters with the Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), and Winter)
The Quick AnswerThe 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.
Capital Letters and the SeasonsThe 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.
- Where are you going this spring?
- This is the second time I have been skiing this Winter.
- 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)
When a Season Name Forms a Proper NounIf a season name forms part of a name (i.e., a proper noun), then give it a capital letter. In the examples below, the proper nouns are in bold.
- I met her at the Summer Solstice.
- There were some incredible masks at the Rhine Winter Ball.
Personification of Season NamesBe aware that there is a ruling which states that if a season is given a human trait (i.e., personified), then it ought to be given a capital letter. For example:
- He was touched by Winter's icy breath. (In this example, winter has been given a human trait.)
- The leaves had been subjected to Autumn's touch.