midsummer

[ mid-suhm-er, -suhm- ]
/ ˈmɪdˈsʌm ər, -ˌsʌm- /

noun

the middle of summer.
the summer solstice, around June 21.

Nearby words

  1. midshipman,
  2. midships,
  3. midsole,
  4. midst,
  5. midstream,
  6. midsummer day,
  7. midsummer eve,
  8. midsummer madness,
  9. midsummer night's dream, a,
  10. midsummer's day

Origin of midsummer

before 900; Middle English, Old English midsumer. See mid1, summer1

Related formsmid·sum·mer·y, adjectivepre·mid·sum·mer, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for midsummer

midsummer

/ (ˈmɪdˈsʌmə) /

noun

  1. the middle or height of the summer
  2. (as modifier)a midsummer carnival
another name for summer solstice
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Word Origin and History for midsummer

midsummer

n.

Old English midsumor, from mid + sumor "summer" (see summer (n.1)). Midsummer Day, as an English quarter-day, was June 24. Astronomically June 21, but traditionally reckoned in Europe on the night of June 23-24.

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