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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.
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Origin of summerhouse

First recorded in 1350–1400, summerhouse is from the Middle English word sumer hous. See summer1, house
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Historical Examples

  • The summerhouse remained, and a most unexceptionable path led to it.


    Harriet Martineau

  • It has the dimensions and general outlines of a summerhouse.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford

  • To get out of the rain and rest, Randy took himself to the summerhouse.

    Randy of the River

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • All this lay within Mary Louise's field of vision from the summerhouse and yet she saw it not.


    George Looms

  • Then they came out upon the grass lawn before the summerhouse.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for summerhouse


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