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.

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. 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  

  2. 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  

  3. 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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  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. John Neilson-Gammon:

    Typically, when we have widespread drought across the state, we end up with fairly high summer temperatures, especially maximum temperatures, because there's less moisture for evaporation.

  2. Michael Mann:

    The rather conservative International Energy Agency itself has said there can be no new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to avert dangerous warming. And the G7 nations committed to phasing out coal and ending support for new coal projects earlier this summer, we need to see similar commitments from the G20 countries, including an accelerated schedule for phasing out coal.

  3. Fabio Lambruschi:

    Changes in the climate used to be sporadic; now every summer is different.

  4. Vi Lyles:

    Charlotte has a sister city in Russia, it’s called Voronezh, according to our staff, we have not had any interaction with them since the summer of 2015. And today, we will begin the process to sever that relationship.

  5. Phil Smith:

    Still, many goods producers are hopeful that conditions will have improved come next summer, and a further steep rise in employment levels shows that efforts are still being made to expand capacity and prepare for higher output in the future.

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