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[es-tuh-vuh l, e-stahy-vuh l]
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  1. pertaining or appropriate to summer.

Origin of estival

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin aestīvālis, equivalent to Latin aestīv(us) of or relating to summer + -ālis -al1
Related formspre·es·ti·val, adjective
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Examples from the Web for estival

Historical Examples

  • As he stood beside the bridal pair he seemed almost too festive, too estival, too ebullient for this poor earth of ours.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • The estival solstice of Meton, the Athenian, corresponds with this day, in the 87th Olympiad.

  • The crouptière and estival, together with the chanfron, were of the most costly description.

British Dictionary definitions for estival


  1. the usual US spelling of aestival
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estival in Medicine


  1. Relating to or occurring in the summer.
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