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  1. 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.
  2. the period comprising the months of June, July, and August in the U.S., and from the middle of May to the middle of August in Great Britain.
  3. a period of hot, usually sunny weather: We had no real summer last year.
  4. the hotter half of the year (opposed to winter): They spend the summers in New Hampshire and the winters in Florida.
  5. the period of finest development, perfection, or beauty previous to any decline: the summer of life.
  6. a whole year as represented by this season: a girl of fifteen summers.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of summer: Iced tea is a summer drink.
  2. appropriate for or done during the summer: summer clothes; summer sports.
  3. having the weather or warmth of summer: summer days in late October.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to spend or pass the summer: They summered in Maine.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to keep, feed, or manage during the summer: Sheep are summered in high pastures.
  2. to make summerlike.
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Origin of summer

before 900; Middle English sumer, Old English sumor; cognate with Dutch zomer, German Sommer, Old Norse sumar summer; akin to Sanskrit samā half-year, year, Old Irish sam-, Welsh haf summer
Related formssum·mer·less, adjective
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Historical Examples of summering

  • She was summering in a little town in the Westphalia district.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley

  • I am a sort of neighbor of your family, since I, too, am summering at Yonkers.

    A Pasteboard Crown

    Clara Morris

  • With early September the summering of the Ute Park came to a close.


    Susan Coolidge

  • He has been summering in Connecticut, and he avers that his talk about native superstition is founded on close observation.

  • Feeding is believed to occur primarily in the summering grounds.

    Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska

    United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission

British Dictionary definitions for summering


  1. (sometimes capital)
    1. 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
    2. (as modifier)summer flowers; a summer dress Related adjective: aestival
  2. the period of hot weather associated with the summer
  3. a time of blossoming, greatest happiness, etc
  4. mainly poetic a year represented by this seasona child of nine summers
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  1. (intr) to spend the summer (at a place)
  2. (tr) to keep or feed (farm animals) during the summerthey summered their cattle on the mountain slopes
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Derived Formssummerless, adjectivesummer-like, adjectivesummerly, adjective, adverbsummery, adjectivesummeriness, noun

Word Origin for summer

Old English sumor; related to Old Frisian sumur, Old Norse sumar, Old High German sumar, Sanskrit samā season


  1. Also called: summer tree a large horizontal beam or girder, esp one that supports floor joists
  2. another name for lintel
  3. a stone on the top of a column, pier, or wall that supports an arch or lintel
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Word Origin for summer

C14: from Anglo-Norman somer, from Old French somier beam, packhorse, from Late Latin sagmārius (equus) pack(horse), from sagma a packsaddle, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for summering



"hot season of the year," Old English sumor, from Proto-Germanic *sumur- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German sumar, Old Frisian sumur, Middle Dutch somer, Dutch zomer, German Sommer), from PIE root *sem- (cf. Sanskrit sama "season, half-year," Avestan hama "in summer," Armenian amarn "summer," Old Irish sam, Old Welsh ham, Welsh haf "summer"). Old Norse sumarsdag, first day of summer, was the Thursday that fell between April 9 and 15.

Summer camp is attested from 1893; summer resort is from 1832; summer school first recorded 1860; theatrical summer stock is attested from 1942.

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"horizontal bearing beam," late 13c., from Anglo-French sumer, Old French somer "main beam," originally "pack horse," from Vulgar Latin *saumarius, from Late Latin sagmarius "pack horse," from sagma "packsaddle" (see sumpter).

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"to pass the summer," mid-15c., from summer (n.1). Related: Summered; summering.

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