What does Summer mean?

Definitions for Summer
ˈsʌm ərsum·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. summer, summertimenoun

    the warmest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox

    "they spent a lazy summer at the shore"

  2. summerverb

    the period of finest development, happiness, or beauty

    "the golden summer of his life"

  3. summerverb

    spend the summer

    "We summered in Kashmir"


  1. summernoun

    A person who sums.

  2. Summernoun

    of modern usage, for a girl born in summer.

  3. Etymology: From somer, sumer, from sumor, from sumaraz, from sam-. Cognate with somer, sumer, simer, simmer, sumer, zomer, sommer, Sommer, sommar, sumar, haf, ամ, ամառ,.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUMMERnoun

    Etymology: sumer , Saxon; somer, Dutch.

    Sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud;
    And, after Summer, evermore succeeds
    The barren Winter with his nipping cold. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Can’t such things be,
    And overcome us like a Summer ’s cloud,
    Without our special wonder? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of Summer fruits. 2 Sa. xvi.

    He was sitting in a Summer parlour. Judg. iii. 20.

    In all the liveries deck’d of Summer ’s pride. John Milton.

    They marl and sow it with wheat, giving it a Summer fallowing first, and next year sow it with pease. John Mortimer.

    Dry weather is best for most Summer corn. John Mortimer.

    The dazzling roofs,
    Resplendent as the blaze of Summer noon,
    Or the pale radiance of the midnight moon. Alexander Pope.

    Child of the sun,
    See sultry Summer comes. James Thomson, Summer.

    Oak, and the like true hearty timber, may be better trusted in cross and transverse works for summers, or girders, or binding beams. Henry Wotton.

    Then enter’d sin, and with that sycamore,
    Whose leaves first shelter’d man from drought and dew,
    Working and winding slily evermore,
    The inward walls and summers cleft and tore;
    But grace shor’d these, and cut that as it grew. George Herbert.

  2. To Summerverb

    To keep warm.

    Maids well summer’d, and warm kept, are like flies at Bartholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes. William Shakespeare.

  3. To Summerverb

    To pass the Summer.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts shall winter upon them. Is. xviii. 6.


  1. Summer

    Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling after spring and before autumn. At or around the summer solstice (about 3 days before Midsummer Day), the earliest sunrise and latest sunset occurs, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition, and culture. When it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.


  1. summer

    Summer is one of the four seasons of the year, typically characterized by warm or hot weather, longer days, and shorter nights. It is the season that follows spring and precedes autumn, and is known for its associated activities such as vacations, outdoor events, and leisure time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summer

    one who sums; one who casts up an account

  2. Summernoun

    a large stone or beam placed horizontally on columns, piers, posts, or the like, serving for various uses. Specifically: (a) The lintel of a door or window. (b) The commencement of a cross vault. (c) A central floor timber, as a girder, or a piece reaching from a wall to a girder. Called also summertree

  3. Summernoun

    the season of the year in which the sun shines most directly upon any region; the warmest period of the year

  4. Summerverb

    to pass the summer; to spend the warm season; as, to summer in Switzerland

  5. Summerverb

    to keep or carry through the summer; to feed during the summer; as, to summer stock

  6. Etymology: [OE. sumer, somer, AS. sumor, sumer; akin to OFries. sumur, D. zomer, OS. sumar, G. sommer, OHG. & Icel. sumar, Dan. sommer, Sw. sommar, W. haf, Zend hama, Skr. sam year. 292.]


  1. Summer

    Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Summer

    sum′ėr, n. the second and warmest season of the year—June, July, August.—v.i. to pass the summer.—v.t. to keep through the summer.—adj. Summ′er-dried, dried by the heat of summer.—n. Summ′er-duck, a beautiful North American duck.—adj. Summ′er-fall′ow, lying fallow during the summer.—ns. Summ′er-house, a house in a garden used in summer: a summer residence; Summ′ering, a kind of early apple.—adv. Summ′er-like.—adj. Summ′erly, warm and bright like summer.—ns. Summ′er-shine, the summer colour of a bird, insect, &c.; Summ′er-tide, Summ′er-time, the summer season.—adj. Summ′ery, like summer.—Indian summer (see Indian); St Luke's, St Martin's, summer (see Saint). [A.S. sumer, sumor; Dut. zomer, Ger. sommer.]

  2. Summer

    sum′ėr, n. the first stone laid over columns or pilasters to form a cross vault: the central beam of a floor which receives the joists: any large piece of timber supported on two strong piers or posts, and serving as a lintel to a door, window, &c.; (obs.) a pack-horse, a sumpter-horse. [Sumpter.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An oppressive and expensive season invented by rural cottage and hotel owners, railroad and steamboat companies and the Iceman.

Editors Contribution

  1. summernoun

    1.) The warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February. 2.) The period from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox. 3.) The total amount resulting from the addition of numbers arithmetical problem denoting polymers and related to different kinds of molecules in light.

    In the summer time we all come out to enjoy the weather.

    Etymology: Season

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 13, 2023  

  2. summer

    A season on planet earth.

    Summer months are wonderful, thd days feel longer and so does time.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

  3. summer

    In the northern hemisphere is the months of june, july and august.

    Summer in the northern hemisphere is moderate temperatures.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

  4. summer

    In the southern hemisphere it is the months of december, january and february.

    Summer in Australia starts in December.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Summer is ranked #11355 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Summer surname appeared 2,778 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Summer.

    86% or 2,389 total occurrences were White.
    8.1% or 227 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 57 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 54 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 36 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Summer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #878

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Summer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1082

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Summer' in Nouns Frequency: #382

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Summer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Summer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Summer in a Sentence

  1. Michael Crimmins:

    These types of intense, local rain events happen each summer, but often in unpopulated areas, the impacts are quite large when they occur in populated areas like National Weather Service Flagstaff.

  2. Joe Biden:

    We've had well over half a million contributions, we haven't raised what a lot of people have - we got started way later than everybody else - but we've raised, this last quarter, $15 million, in the middle of summer.

  3. Mislav Matejka:

    We think that it is more likely that we will be raising our year-end targets, rather than reducing them, as we move through the summer.

  4. Betsie Stockslager Emry:

    I think being away from campus for most of the 2020/21 school year and then the summer, (the bears) definitely had the run of the property.

  5. Thomas Ostros:

    There is going to be a discussion during the summer and autumn and then the board will make a decision during the autumn.

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