summer

noun
sum·​mer | \ ˈsə-mər How to pronounce summer (audio) \

Definition of summer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : 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
2 : the warmer half of the year
3 : year a girl of seventeen summers
4 : a period of maturing powers

summer

adjective

Definition of summer (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or suitable for summer summer vacation a summer home
2 : sown in the spring and harvested in the same year as sown summer wheat — compare winter

summer

verb
summered; summering\ ˈsə-​mə-​riŋ How to pronounce summering (audio) , ˈsəm-​riŋ \

Definition of summer (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to pass the summer

transitive verb

: to keep or carry through the summer especially : to provide (cattle, sheep, etc.) with pasture during the summer

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Other Words from summer

Noun

summerlike \ ˈsə-​mər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce summerlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of summer in a Sentence

Noun

What are your plans for this summer? We visited them two summers ago. the first day of summer
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pegasus PlayLab introduced new works at the University of Central Florida this summer, as the Florida Festival of New Musicals returned to Winter Park Playhouse for a third year. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando becomes the place to go for new plays, musicals," 16 Sep. 2019 For three weeks this summer, those suburban millennials climbed onto the witness stand at his federal trial and offered an unprecedented window into how fentanyl bought and sold online has transformed the global drug trade. Washington Post, "The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly fentanyl empire," 15 Sep. 2019 For three weeks this summer, those suburban millennials climbed onto the witness stand at his federal trial and offered an unprecedented window into how fentanyl bought and sold online has transformed the global drug trade. Claire Galofaro And Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, "The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly multimillion-dollar fentanyl trafficking empire," 14 Sep. 2019 To promote groundfish, Flumerfelt’s organization helped organize a restaurant week in Santa Cruz this summer, when chefs served local fish, with menus featuring the names of the species, vessel and fishermen. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "13 years ago, the Nature Conservancy desperately wanted to protect groundfish. Now it wants you to eat them," 14 Sep. 2019 The summer heatwaves caused 1,500 extra deaths in France, the country's health minister said on Sunday. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Secret Taliban talks, Bahamas' devastation, & Rafael Nadal's epic U.S. Open win: The Morning Rundown," 9 Sep. 2019 That summer, Big Brother 14 broke format with previous iterations by welcoming not just 12 new contestants, but four returning players as coaches. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Dan's funeral: An oral history of the greatest Big Brother moment ever," 29 Aug. 2019 The summer before senior year, however, wasn't nearly so sunny. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 David Lesh, the snowmobiler who became infamous over the summer for boasting about sledding in wilderness areas, crash landed his plane in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. John Laconte, The Know, "Man accused of Independence Pass snowmobiling scandal crashes plane in Pacific Ocean," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

His numbers in The Crawsover, Jamal Crawford’s pro-am summer league at Seattle Pacific University, also raised eyebrows. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Point Loma Nazarene’s Daulton Hommes signs with San Antonio Spurs," 21 Aug. 2019 Orlando will play its summer league opener Friday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets at Cox Pavilion. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic converge on Las Vegas for 1st time in 13 years," 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, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 CLEVELAND, Ohio – Summer’s coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t have to. cleveland.com, "10 new travel ideas for late summer, close to Cleveland (photos)," 25 Aug. 2017 Summer exhibition of Italian artists features work from painter Malacarne's Water series and glassworks from Vidal. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Free and fun events this weekend: Aug. 18-20," 16 Aug. 2017 Summer league play has been good for the Dallas Mavericks. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "Mavericks add rookie free agent guard P.J. Dozier," 8 Aug. 2017 Summer seersucker suits from the Alan Flusser brand come from Stein Mart. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "5 style lessons from a former CLT homicide cop now on TV – who’s also a fashionista," 3 Aug. 2017 Summer’s heat and humidity make a face full of makeup feel oppressive. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "How to Go Makeup-Free This Summer," 1 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Why not offer summering San Franciscans, many of whom resided near each other in the city and by the lake, the opportunity to purchase their fall season ensembles for a good cause at their favorite summer watering hole? Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "League to Save Lake Tahoe Fashion Show is true blue at 50," 14 Aug. 2019 Tony Loura, who has summered in Roy Carpenter's Beach for 15 years, is philosophical about his predicament. Anchorage Daily News, "Extreme climate change has arrived in America. Here are the fastest-warming places.," 13 Aug. 2019 The husband’s kin have been summering around here since the 1940s. Jorge Arango, House Beautiful, "Can You Spot All the Bunnies in this Cottage?," 22 May 2019 Lars Leetaru On Nantucket, stilettos and valet parking have become the norm, along with other signifiers of the immense wealth now summering on the New England island. New York Times, "Nantucket for Cheapskates," 25 June 2019 Add Russell Crowe to the growing list of famous faces who will be summering in New Orleans in coming months. Mike Scott, nola.com, "Russell Crowe to film road-rage thriller ‘Unhinged’ in New Orleans," 17 June 2019 Following discussions between her mother and Sophie, Helene was invited to Bad Ischl, the town where the imperial family summered, with a view to securing an engagement in 1853. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 Could summer league again be part of Jones’ offseason? Anthony Chiang, miamiherald, "Heat’s young core steps to the forefront on and off the court after Wade’s retirement," 4 June 2019 Everyone who summers in Tuscany is a huge fan of this chic little shop, which stocks the best edit of big and small brands alike. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of summer

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for summer

Noun

Middle English sumer, from Old English sumor; akin to Old High German & Old Norse sumer summer, Sanskrit samā year, season

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More Definitions for summer

summer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of summer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the warmest season of the year that is after spring and before autumn

summer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of summer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend the summer in a particular place

summer

noun
sum·​mer | \ ˈsə-mər How to pronounce summer (audio) \

Kids Definition of summer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the season between spring and autumn which is in the northern hemisphere usually the months of June, July, and August
2 : one of the years of a person's lifetime a youth of sixteen summers

summer

verb
summered; summering

Kids Definition of summer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pass the summer We summered at the shore.

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