Origin of summer

before 900; Middle English sumer, Old English sumor; cognate with Dutch zomer, German Sommer, Old Norse sumar summer; akin to Sanskrit samā half-year, year, Old Irish sam-, Welsh haf summer


sum·mer·less, adjective

Definition for summer (2 of 2)

[ suhm-er ]
/ ˈsʌm ər /


a principal beam or girder, as one running between girts to support joists.
a stone laid upon a pier, column, or wall, from which one or more arches spring: usually molded or otherwise treated like the arch or arches springing from it.
a beam or lintel.

Origin of summer

1275–1325; Middle English somer < Anglo-French; Old French somier packhorse, beam < Vulgar Latin *saumārius, equivalent to Latin sagm(a) packsaddle (< Greek ságma) + -ārius -ary; see -er2
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British Dictionary definitions for summer (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsʌmə) /


(sometimes capital)
  1. the warmest season of the year, between spring and autumn, astronomically from the June solstice to the September equinox in the N hemisphere and at the opposite time of year in the S hemisphere
  2. (as modifier)summer flowers; a summer dress Related adjective: aestival
the period of hot weather associated with the summer
a time of blossoming, greatest happiness, etc
mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona child of nine summers


(intr) to spend the summer (at a place)
(tr) to keep or feed (farm animals) during the summerthey summered their cattle on the mountain slopes

Derived forms of summer

Word Origin for summer

Old English sumor; related to Old Frisian sumur, Old Norse sumar, Old High German sumar, Sanskrit samā season

British Dictionary definitions for summer (2 of 2)

/ (ˈsʌmə) /


Also called: summer tree a large horizontal beam or girder, esp one that supports floor joists
another name for lintel
a stone on the top of a column, pier, or wall that supports an arch or lintel

Word Origin for summer

C14: from Anglo-Norman somer, from Old French somier beam, packhorse, from Late Latin sagmārius (equus) pack(horse), from sagma a packsaddle, from Greek
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