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[suhm-er-hous] /ˈsʌm ərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural summerhouses
[suhm-er-hou-ziz] /ˈsʌm ərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a simple, often rustic structure in a park or garden, intended to provide shade in the summer.
Origin of summerhouse
1350-1400; Middle English sumer hous. See summer1, house Unabridged
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Examples from the web for summerhouse
  • He sometimes heard the voice of the divine and went twice daily, alone, to a small summerhouse he had built on his estate to pray.
  • Shown in the engraving are a hand-dug artificial lake fed by an artesian well and a summerhouse pavilion.
British Dictionary definitions for summerhouse


a small building in a garden or park, used for shade or recreation in the summer
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