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[mid-suhm-er, -suhm-] /ˈmɪdˈsʌm ər, -ˌsʌm-/
the middle of summer.
the summer solstice, around June 21.
Origin of midsummer
before 900; Middle English, Old English midsumer. See mid1, summer1
Related forms
midsummery, adjective
premidsummer, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • "It will never do for us to sit quiet here until Knutson returns," said Nils when at midsummer nothing had been seen of the ships.

  • In the southern part, midsummer is in January and midwinter in July.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • They grow on slender stems 1-4 ft. tall and bloom in spring and midsummer.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • The area-door was open to the hot, sickly night air of London in midsummer.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • We have given a few in the case of the masque and the 'midsummer Night's Dream.'

  • It was the noon of a midsummer day, and the sun shone down on him with all its strength.

  • One of its principal signs was the fixed idea as to midsummer Day.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for midsummer


  1. the middle or height of the summer
  2. (as modifier): a midsummer carnival
another name for summer solstice
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Word Origin and History for midsummer

Old English midsumor, from mid + sumor "summer" (see summer (n.1)). Midsummer Day, as an English quarter-day, was June 24. Astronomically June 21, but traditionally reckoned in Europe on the night of June 23-24.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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