Indian summer


: a period of warm or mild weather in late autumn or early winter
: a happy or flourishing period occurring toward the end of something
the crowning performance of the Indian summer of her careerOctavio Roca

Examples of Indian summer in a Sentence

She is in the Indian summer of her career.
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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Indian summer was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Indian summer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Indian summer

: a period of mild weather in late autumn or early winter

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