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

This really gives us lots of time to plan for our short summers and come up with silly ideas. Washington Post, "Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship," 12 July 2019 In Washington, the transit system has disrupted commutes by shutting six stations all summer for repairs. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Boston’s Frustrations With Transit Mount After Derailment," 11 July 2019 Her summers were spent traveling all over to competitions. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "She was 15, a swimmer at Broad Ripple High, when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated," 10 July 2019 While all of us are trying to live our best hot girl summers, Emily Ratajkowski is busy reinventing the look (and mentality) for the boardroom. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "EmRata Just Became Your Boss in This Blazer, Bra, and Bike Shorts Look," 9 July 2019 The foliage is neat and clean all summer, providing a beautiful yellow show in the fall. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 Right now, there are two trips per day: at 9 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. As the sun turns up the heat on your great Alaska summer, this may be your season to chill … literally on the ice. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s been a hot summer. Chill out with one of these Southcentral Alaska glacier excursions," 6 July 2019 Way back in May, music writer Ross Raihala pulled together a list of places to see outdoor music every day this summer. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 With the construction of Station 74 expected to wrap-up this summer, Spring Fire Department crews plan to begin operating out of the new facility later this month. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "New Spring Fire Station 74 nears completion," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Summer rains can cause container plants to decline; check for proper drainage. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "August in the garden," 29 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Quilted cotton and reversible, or softly summer weight? Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now!’ Review: Unfolding a Garment’s Long History," 16 Oct. 2018 For nearly 50 years, the Zentzes have summered in their second home on a stretch of waterfront in Deer Isle’s Sunshine district. Sandra Ward, WSJ, "The Perfect Place for Their Second Home Is Right Around the Corner," 11 Oct. 2018 Houseplants summering outdoors in the shade also make a handsome addition to container gardening. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'summer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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