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noun

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.

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Origin of Indian summer

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for Indian summer

Indian summer

noun

a period of unusually settled warm weather after the end of summer proper
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
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Cultural definitions for Indian summer

Indian summer

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

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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]

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