- 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
Related Words for indian summersummer
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
If there be sun of summer, let him not go out into it, mistaking it for the Indian-summer sun!Five Tales
And above was the peaceful pale blue of an Indian-summer sky.The Seven Darlings
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.A History of American Literature
Percy H. Boynton
- 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
"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]