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[suhm-er-hous] /ˈsʌm ərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural summerhouses
[suhm-er-hou-ziz] /ˈsʌm ərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a simple, often rustic structure in a park or garden, intended to provide shade in the summer.
Origin of summerhouse
First recorded in 1350-1400, summerhouse is from the Middle English word sumer hous. See summer1, house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The summerhouse remained, and a most unexceptionable path led to it.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • It has the dimensions and general outlines of a summerhouse.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford
  • To get out of the rain and rest, Randy took himself to the summerhouse.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • All this lay within Mary Louise's field of vision from the summerhouse and yet she saw it not.


    George Looms
  • This evening she was sitting in the summerhouse with some needlework.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • We stepped into the summerhouse, now pretty dark, and waited expectant.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • Then they came out upon the grass lawn before the summerhouse.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • The poet came to the summerhouse and stood outside, irresolute.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • At each repetition he banged the wooden post of the summerhouse with his cudgel.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • Within the garden was the summerhouse built by Mercer in 1765.

British Dictionary definitions for summerhouse


a small building in a garden or park, used for shade or recreation in the summer
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