Indian summer

noun
  1. a period of mild, dry weather, usually accompanied by a hazy atmosphere, occurring usually in late October or early November and following a period of colder weather.

Origin of Indian summer

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for indian summer

summer

Examples from the Web for indian summer

Historical Examples of indian summer

  • She had reached the Indian-summer modesty of old married couples.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • If there be sun of summer, let him not go out into it, mistaking it for the Indian-summer sun!

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • And above was the peaceful pale blue of an Indian-summer sky.

    The Seven Darlings

    Gouverneur Morris

  • It was a hot, lazy, Indian-summer day; and his muscles felt exhausted.

    Princeton Stories

    Jesse Lynch Williams

  • They are suffused with the smoky haze of an Indian-summer day.


British Dictionary definitions for indian summer

Indian summer

noun
  1. a period of unusually settled warm weather after the end of summer proper
  2. a period of ease and tranquillity or of renewed productivity towards the end of a person's life or of an epoch

Word Origin for Indian summer

originally US: probably so named because it was first noted in regions occupied by American Indians
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for indian summer

Indian summer

n.

"spell of warm weather after the first frost," first recorded 1778, American English, perhaps so called because it was first noted in regions inhabited by Indians, or because the Indians first described it to the Europeans. No evidence connects it with the color of fall leaves or a season of Indian attacks on settlements. It is the American version of British All-Hallows summer, French été de la Saint-Martin (feast day Nov. 11), etc. Also colloquial was St. Luke's summer (or little summer), period of warm weather occurring about St. Luke's day (Oct. 18).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

indian summer in Culture

Indian summer

A period of unusually warm weather in the fall, often following a seasonable cold spell.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with indian summer

Indian summer

A period of mild, sunny weather occurring in late autumn, usually following a seasonable cold spell. For example, We had two whole days of Indian summer this year, and then it turned cold again. [Late 1700s]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.