adjective sol·sti·tial \säl-ˈsti-shəl, sōl-, sȯl-\

Definition of solstitial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a solstice and especially the summer solstice

  2. 2 :  happening or appearing at or associated with a solstice

solstitial was our Word of the Day on 07/05/2012. Hear the podcast!

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of solstitial

Middle English solsticial, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin solstitialis, from solstitium

First Known Use: 14th century

Learn More about solstitial

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up solstitial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a favoring of the simplest explanation

Get Word of the Day daily email!