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

Related Words for summerhouse

arbor, cottage, summerhouse, platform, kiosk, bower, belvedere, rotunda, bandstand

Examples from the Web for summerhouse

Historical Examples of summerhouse

  • 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



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