Midsummer Eve


noun Chiefly British.

the evening preceding Midsummer Day: formerly believed to be a time when witches and other supernatural beings caused widespread mischief.

Origin of Midsummer Eve

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Also called Midsummer Night, St. John's Eve, St. John's Night.
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Examples from the Web for midsummer eve

  • Midsummer-eve, when the days are longest and the nights shortest, was now come.

    The Fairy Book|Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
  • It was then one o'clock, and midsummer-eve, the very time that twelve years before John had gone down into the hill.

    The Fairy Book|Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
  • As I stood gazing around me I remembered it was Midsummer-eve.

    Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen