- either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator: about June 21, when the sun reaches its northernmost point on the celestial sphere, or about December 22, when it reaches its southernmost point.Compare summer solstice, winter solstice.
- either of the two points in the ecliptic farthest from the equator.
Examples from the Web for solstice
Next, Murillo opens a bottle of their Special Edition, which they distill every six months on the solstice.
As the winter solstice brought the start of the longest night of the year, it also seemed the darkest along West 60th Street.Dmitriy Kanarikov Kills Himself, Son in Fall From New York City Tower|Michael Daly|December 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So there we have it—pregnant virgins galore on this happy winter solstice celebration.
Mars enters Gemini, on the Solstice, Tuesday, inspiring lust in/for someone who might be considered too close for comfort.
Jupiter in Taurus makes magical links to Neptune and the Sun on the Summer Solstice, Tuesday.
The death and resurrection of the Solar Hero at or about the vernal equinox is as wide-spread as his birth at the winter solstice.Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries|Annie Besant
More recent research, however, has thrown the gravest doubts upon the existence of any Teutonic festival at the winter solstice.Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan|Clement A. Miles
His great festivals were the winter solstice and the Spring equinox (Christmas and Easter).Pagan & Christian Creeds|Edward Carpenter
The Persians used to celebrate a festival of fire called Sada or Saza at the winter solstice.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.|Sir James George Frazer
He adds that the stone clearly shows the dates of the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, summer and winter solstice.Mexico|Susan Hale
British Dictionary definitions for solstice
Word Origin for solstice
Word Origin and History for solstice
mid-13c., from Old French solstice (13c.), from Latin solstitium "point at which the sun seems to stand still," especially the summer solstice, from sol "sun" (see sol) + past participle stem of sistere "to come to a stop, make stand still" (see assist (v.)).
Science definitions for solstice
Culture definitions for solstice
The two occasions each year when the position of the sun at a given time of day does not seem to change direction. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs around June 21 and is the longest day of the year. The sun stops getting higher in the sky, and the days begin to grow shorter. The winter solstice, which occurs around December 21, is the shortest day. The sun stops getting lower in the sky, and the days begin to grow longer.