[ suhm-er-hous ]
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noun,plural sum·mer·hous·es [suhm-er-hou-ziz]. /ˈsʌm ərˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. 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 Middle English sumer hous. See summer1, house

Words Nearby summerhouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use summerhouse in a sentence

  • The spot to which my companion led me was a ruined summerhouse, not a stone's throw from the outer garden hedge.

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

  • She was in the summerhouse up the garden with her treasures spread out before her.

    The Lady of Lynn | Walter Besant
  • I found the captain sitting in the summerhouse alone, without the usual solace of his tobacco and his October.

    The Lady of Lynn | Walter Besant
  • They ran into a wooden summerhouse, painted cunningly after the Chinese fashion, shut themselves in, and drew their swords.

British Dictionary definitions for summerhouse


/ (ˈsʌməˌhaʊs) /

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

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