The sun burned crimson in a gray-blue sky through a delicate indian-summer haze, as beautiful as a day-dream in paradise.
If there be sun of summer, let him not go out into it, mistaking it for the indian-summer sun!
They are suffused with the smoky haze of an indian-summer day.
She had reached the indian-summer modesty of old married couples.
And above was the peaceful pale blue of an indian-summer sky.
It was a hot, lazy, indian-summer day; and his muscles felt exhausted.
The day was full of perfect indian-summer sunshine, calm and bracing.
It was a beautiful indian-summer day, and he hobbled out into the field for an afternoon's fishing.
One indian-summer morning in October, some ladies found the old man sitting on his doorstep smoking a short pipe.
There was a flicker of color left on the oaks and maples, and though it was not indian-summer weather it was first cousin to it.
"spell of warm weather after the first frost," first recorded 1778, American English, 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 American version of British All-Hallows summer, French 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).
A period of unusually warm weather in the fall, often following a seasonable cold spell.