Indian summer

Indian summer

noun
a period of mild, dry weather, usually accompanied by a hazy atmosphere, occurring usually in late October or early November and following a period of colder weather.

Origin:
1770–80, Americanism

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Indian summer
 
n
1.  a period of unusually settled warm weather after the end of summer proper
2.  a period of ease and tranquillity or of renewed productivity towards the end of a person's life or of an epoch
 
[originally US: probably so named because it was first noted in regions occupied by American Indians]

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Indian summer
"spell of warm weather after the first frost," first recorded 1778, Amer.Eng., perhaps so called because it was first noted in regions inhabited by Indians, or because the Indians first described it to the Europeans. No evidence connects it with the color of fall leaves or a season of Indian attacks
on settlements. It is the Amer.Eng. version of British All-Hallows summer, Fr. été de la Saint-Martin (feast day Nov. 11), etc. Also colloquial was St. Luke's summer (or little summer), period of warm weather occurring about St. Luke's day (Oct. 18).
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Indian summer definition


A period of unusually warm weather in the fall, often following a seasonable cold spell.

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Indian summer

A period of mild, sunny weather occurring in late autumn, usually following a seasonable cold spell. For example, We had two whole days of Indian summer this year, and then it turned cold again. [Late 1700s]

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