Origin of Indian summer
Examples from the Web for indian summer
It was thus he smoothed away the sulky frown which suited neither his face, nor the gentle Indian-summer sunshine.Lord Loveland Discovers America|C. N. Williamson
The sun burned crimson in a gray-blue sky through a delicate Indian-summer haze, as beautiful as a day-dream in paradise.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
There was a flicker of color left on the oaks and maples, and though it was not Indian-summer weather it was first cousin to it.Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches|Sarah Orne Jewett
And above was the peaceful pale blue of an Indian-summer sky.The Seven Darlings|Gouverneur Morris
It was a warm, Indian-summer afternoon, and the old rancher sat out on the porch in his shirt-sleeves.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
Word Origin for Indian summer
"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).
A period of unusually warm weather in the fall, often following a seasonable cold spell.
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]