The climate is the general weather in a particular region. Florida is known for its temperate climate. The word climate is also used figuratively to mean “the usual conditions,” as in “It’s a favorable climate for school reform.”

Climate descends from Greek klima “region, surface of the earth,” and from klinein “to slope.” The original use of the word climate in English was in reference to one of the sloping zones of the earth from the equator toward the poles. This meaning was often used to refer to weather conditions in a zone of the earth, which developed into the current meaning of “the weather.”

Definitions of climate
  1. noun

    the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time

    “the dank
    climate of southern Wales”
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    type of:

    environmental condition

    the state of the environment

  2. noun

    the prevailing psychological state

    climate of opinion”
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    type of:

    condition, status

    a state at a particular time

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