noun, plural sum·mer·hous·es [suhm-er-hou-ziz] /ˈsʌm ərˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a simple, often rustic structure in a park or garden, intended to provide shade in the summer.

Origin of summerhouse

First recorded in 1350–1400, summerhouse is from the Middle English word sumer hous. See summer1, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for summerhouse

Historical Examples of summerhouse

  • At this moment Beatrice came to the summerhouse, and said, "Against my will, I have come to tell you that dinner is ready."

  • The boys walked out into the garden and down to the summerhouse, where they proceeded to make themselves comfortable.

    Dave Porter at Star Ranch

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • They soon reached the summerhouse, and seated themselves in such a position that they had a good view of the field.

  • Greatly allarmed, they turned back, and told my grandmother that a strange man was lying in the summerhouse.

  • There was not a soul anywhere near the summerhouse when the one girl told the other the secret.

British Dictionary definitions for summerhouse



a small building in a garden or park, used for shade or recreation in the summer
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