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midsummer

[mid-suhm-er, -suhm-]
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noun
  1. the middle of summer.
  2. the summer solstice, around June 21.
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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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midsummer

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