estival

adjective
es·​ti·​val | \ ˈe-stə-vəl How to pronounce estival (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of estival

: of or relating to the summer

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Estival and festival look so much alike that you might think they're very closely related, but that isn't the case. Estival traces back to aestas, which is the Latin word for "summer" (and which also gave us estivate, a verb for spending the summer in a torpid state—a sort of hot-weather equivalent of hibernating). Festival also comes from Latin, but it has a different and unrelated root. It derives from festivus, a term that means "festive" or "merry." Festivus is also the ancestor of festive and festivity as well as the much rarer festivous (which also means "festive") and infestive ("not merry, mirthless").

First Known Use of estival

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for estival

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin aestivalis, from aestivus of summer, from aestas summer — more at edify

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“Estival.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estival. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for estival

estival

adjective
es·​ti·​val
variants: or aestival \ ˈes-​tə-​vəl How to pronounce estival (audio) \

Medical Definition of estival

: of, relating to, or occurring in the summer

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