summerhouse

noun

sum·​mer·​house ˈsə-mər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce summerhouse (audio)
1
: a country house for summer residence
2
: a covered structure in a garden or park designed to provide a shady resting place in summer

Examples of summerhouse in a Sentence

They have a summer house on the lake. the sudden shower had wedding guests scurrying to the safety of the garden's summerhouse
Recent Examples on the Web Old friends gather after their freshman year in college to rent a summerhouse on Lake Michigan and chase girls. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 In a recent design, a back garden featured a summerhouse in a corner, with a slope leading onto its native turf roof to allow access up to the higher area and a slide for kids curving back down from it to lower areas of the garden. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 23 Mar. 2023 Schjelderup-Ebbe tended the chickens at the summerhouse from the age of six. Jack El-Hai, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2016 The château—once the summerhouse of the countess du Barry, the last mistress of King Louis XV—is a stone’s throw from the former horse stables and staff quarters that now house Le Doyenné. WSJ, 18 June 2022 The story is about four teenagers who were involved in a car crash and decide to stay at a summerhouse in the countryside to work through their grief. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 1 June 2022 The Swedish summerhouse tradition originated in the 19thcentury, as Sweden industrialized and urban populations increased rapidly. Annika Hipple, House Beautiful, 16 Aug. 2021 The home, originally built as a lavish summerhouse for a local family, now sits as a museum dedicated to the architect and all his design work in the region. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of summerhouse was before the 12th century

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“Summerhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/summerhouse. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

summerhouse

noun
sum·​mer·​house ˈsəm-ər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce summerhouse (audio)
1
: a house for summer residence
2
: a covered structure in a garden or park designed to provide a shady resting place in summer
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