• solstitial
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  • \sahl-STISH-ul\
  • DEFINITION

adjective

1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a solstice and especially the summer solstice
2
: happening or appearing at or associated with a solstice
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Hundreds of people gathered recently for the town's annual solstitial celebration.

"There are eight man-made monuments in the Stonehenge area with solstitial alignments, a number unmatched anywhere else." — Professor Mike Parker Pearson, as quoted on June 22, 2012, in a blog post by Martin Wainwright at www.guardian.co.uk

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"Solstitial" arrived in English in the 14th century by way of Anglo-French. Both "solstitial" and "solstice" can be traced back to the Latin word "solstitium," meaning "solstice," and ultimately to "sol," meaning "sun," and "-stit-" or "-stes," meaning "standing." Some unsurprising relatives include "solar," "solarium" (a room used for sunbathing or therapeutic exposure to light), and "parasol" (a lightweight umbrella used as a sunshade). A less obvious relative is "armistice," which was coined partially by analogy with the way "solstice" had been formed from the "-stitium" ending.

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