the season between spring and autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.
the period comprising the months of June, July, and August in the United States, and from the middle of May to the middle of August in Great Britain.
a period of hot, usually sunny weather: We had no real summer last year.
the hotter half of the year (opposed to winter): They spend the summers in New Hampshire and the winters in Florida.
the period of finest development, perfection, or beauty previous to any decline: the summer of life.
a whole year as represented by this season: a girl of fifteen summers.
of, relating to, or characteristic of summer: Iced tea is a summer drink.
appropriate for or done during the summer:summer clothes;summer sports.
having the weather or warmth of summer: summer days in late October.
to spend or pass the summer: They summered in Maine.
to keep, feed, or manage during the summer: Sheep are summered in high pastures.
to make summerlike.
- sum·mer·less, adjective
Other definitions for summer (2 of 2)
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.
- Also Obsolete, som·er [suhm-er] /ˈsʌm ər/ (for def. 1) .
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How to use summer in a sentence
The family lived on Park Avenue and in Rye, New York, summered on Lake George and had servants in the home.
It seems magical: a private island off Massachusetts, where the “beautiful, rich” extended Sinclair family has summered for years.'We Were Liars': Teens Confront Their Beautiful, Rich Family's Dark Secrets | Samantha Levine | August 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bracknell, for instance, was the name of the country estate where the mother of Oscar's titled little catamite summered.Brian Bedford Interviewed on The Importance of Being Earnest | Kevin Sessums | January 22, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
We summered in Vermont, and me and my sister Ilyasah went to one of the top ten schools in the country [the Hackley School].
Birds that remain to winter in the locality in which they summered, and most of the animals, too, go about their affairs as usual.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
They may thus winter from five to twenty-five miles from where they summered, from one thousand to several thousand feet lower.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
The cattle that had summered in the hafod (the mountain byre) were returning to the hendre (the winter home).Pabo, The Priest | Sabine Baring-Gould
September days are heralded by the return of the birds who have summered in Canada.Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road | Katharine Lee Bates
"Grit was sent him for a present by a man who summered at the ranch an' heerd Samson say he wanted a dawg," said the girl.Rimrock Trail | J. Allan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for summer (1 of 2)
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
(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 season: a child of nine summers
(intr) to spend the summer (at a place)
(tr) to keep or feed (farm animals) during the summer: they summered their cattle on the mountain slopes
- summerless, adjective
- summer-like, adjective
- summerly, adjective, adverb
- summery, adjective
- summeriness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for summer (2 of 2)
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
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