[mid-suhm-er, -suhm-]


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

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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Related Words for midsummer

vacation, summertime, heat

Examples from the Web for midsummer

Contemporary Examples of midsummer

  • Around them, Kansas City glowed in the midsummer dusk; ahead of them glimmered the future.

  • The midnight sun makes the crime low and the people cheerful from midsummer until the first days of autumn.

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    The Ugly Side of Sweden

    Janine di Giovanni

    July 17, 2013

  • Midsummer's Day is an appropriately Game of Thrones-ish date for a birthday, and Prince William turns 31 today.

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    Prince William Turns 31 Today

    Tom Sykes

    June 21, 2013

Historical Examples of midsummer

British Dictionary definitions for midsummer



  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

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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