[ mid-suhm-er, -suhm- ]
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  1. the middle of summer.

  2. the summer solstice, around June 21.

Origin of midsummer

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

Other words from midsummer

  • mid·sum·mer·y, adjective
  • pre·mid·sum·mer, noun, adjective

Words Nearby midsummer

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How to use midsummer in a sentence

  • About Christmas they again ravaged Northumberland, and let off Cumberland till midsummer day next year for the sum of 600 marks.

    King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
  • Tell you what I did over in Chattanooga—in red-hot midsummer, too, said Flick, in a burst of confidence.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • Five thousand pounds were sent to keep things going until midsummer, and out of this Sidney was to pay the soldiers.

  • The two queens—one at the dawn, the other in the midsummer of life—presented at this moment the utmost contrast.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for midsummer


/ (ˈmɪdˈsʌmə) /

    • the middle or height of the summer

    • (as modifier): a midsummer carnival

  1. another name for summer solstice

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