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[suhm-er-tahym] /ˈsʌm ərˌtaɪm/
the summer season.
Origin of summertime
First recorded in 1350-1400, summertime is from the Middle English word somertime. See summer1, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Scouts from “up ter camp” were familiar sights at Catskill, and they overran the village in the summertime.

    Tom Slade on Mystery Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • So it happens with your inquiry regarding desserts for summertime.

  • But there is no need for description; we were in the mountains of British Columbia, and it was summertime.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • By summertime, he had five vessels ready for service, but no men to man them.

  • When summertime was over, and darkness came suddenly from one day to the next, Herbert and I resumed our walks at nightfall.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for summertime


the period or season of summer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for summertime

late 14c., somer tyme, from summer (n.1) + time (n.). Earlier were summertide (mid-13c.), sumeres tid (late Old English). In Britain, as two words, with reference to what in U.S. is daylight saving time, recorded from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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summertime in Culture

“Summertime” definition

One of the best-known songs of George Gershwin; it comes from the opera Porgy and Bess and begins, “Summertime, and the living is easy....”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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