: the season between spring and autumn comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of June, July, and August or as reckoned astronomically extending from the June solstice to the September equinox
especially: to provide (cattle, sheep, etc.) with pasture during the summer
Examples of summer in a Sentence
What are your plans for this summer?
We visited them two summers ago.
the first day of summer
Recent Examples on the Web
The Mediterranean Honeysuckle Clementina Eau de Parfum is a sweet and fruity concoction that smells like a seaside summer cocktail.—Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 19 Nov. 2023 Renard was impressed at how much the general public paid attention to Hollywood’s summer of strikes.—Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 While most infections happen in the spring and summer there are cases reported every month.—Linda Carroll, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 The last two years of rain and snow officially ended the drought, but the state’s climate continues to warm—average summer temperatures have increased 3 degrees F (1.8 degrees C) since the end of the 19th century.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 In Massachusetts, the state has helped support temporary housing for summer workers on Cape Cod.—Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 Queen Elizabeth usually spent her summer months in Scotland with members of the royal family regularly visiting her, and King Charles has kept the tradition going.—Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Gavin Newsom Hollywood’s hot labor summer standoff set the stage for California’s governor to emerge as a hero among unions.—Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 This toasty crust works especially great in those sweltering summer months when nobody wants to run an oven for an hour.—Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023
The new allowances cut summer units from 10 to 8 and non-summer units from 6 to 5.—Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2023 Those beach days might be long behind us, but the supermodel is still making the most of her post-summer glow.—Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 4 Nov. 2022 When Nature Calls kicked off the 1995 holiday season with a then-record (for a non-summer opening) $38 million launch.—Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Donate blood: The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood and platelet shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years.—Sam Boyer, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 As California reached another post-summer high in the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide, Texas and Illinois, with about 10 million and 6.4 million fewer residents, respectively, surpassed California’s total.—Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, 27 Nov. 2020 His numbers in The Crawsover, Jamal Crawford’s pro-am summer league at Seattle Pacific University, also raised eyebrows.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2019 Orlando will play its summer league opener Friday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets at Cox Pavilion.—Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, 2 July 2018 To be able to play NBA summer league, to get playing time, to get opportunities on the offensive end, to get a comfort level playing against stronger, elite athletes at this level?—J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, 11 July 2018
These include father-son pairs, Anderson told me, who summer in places like the Hamptons, travel to surf overseas twice a year, and order four or five new boards for every trip.—Bydaniel Duane, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2023 The former first couple executive produced the film under their Higher Ground banner and are among the high-profile families who summer on the Vineyard.—Angelique Jackson, Variety, 29 Sep. 2023 Latte makeup spilled all over TikTok, Hailey Bieber made strawberry girl summer a thing, and things just got a little bit sweeter (and shinier) with honey lips taking over screens and mouths everywhere.—Annie Blay, Allure, 10 Aug. 2023 Prehistoric mammoth hunters roamed here for thousands of years, followed by the Ute and Arapaho people who summered within the current park bounds until the early 1800s.—Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 July 2023 The newest is Resilient Lady, which launched in May and will summer in the Mediterranean.—Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 Don Lemon is enjoying his free time following his sudden termination from CNN in April, a source tells PEOPLE, adding that the former CNN This Morning co-host is summering in the Hamptons with his fiancé Tim Malone and mulling various next steps in his career.—Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 15 June 2023 What would summer be without the occasional stop at 7-Eleven for a sweet, icy Slurpee to sip and savor on a hot afternoon?—Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2023 What will summer vacation 2020 look like in Arizona?—Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 6 Oct. 2020 See More
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Middle English sumer, from Old English sumor; akin to Old High German & Old Norse sumer summer, Sanskrit samā year, season
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1