[ suhm-er-tahym ]
/ ˈsʌm ərˌtaɪm /


the summer season.

Origin of summertime

First recorded in 1350–1400, summertime is from the Middle English word somertime. See summer1, time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for summertime


/ (ˈsʌməˌtaɪm) /


the period or season of summer
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Word Origin and History for summertime



late 14c., somer tyme, from summer (n.1) + time (n.). Earlier were summertide (mid-13c.), sumeres tid (late Old English). In Britain, as two words, with reference to what in U.S. is daylight saving time, recorded from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for summertime


One of the best-known songs of George Gershwin; it comes from the opera Porgy and Bess and begins, “Summertime, and the living is easy....”

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