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[suhm-er-tahym] /ˈsʌm ərˌtaɪm/
the summer season.
Origin of summertime
1350-1400; Middle English somertime. See summer1, time Unabridged
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Examples from the web for summertime
  • No one wants higher summertime temperatures or more oppressive heat waves.
  • summertime peak demand is at dinner time when solar levels are way down.
  • It turns out, however, that in hot climates the summertime benefit greatly outweighs the wintertime penalty.
  • Fuel ethanol is practical here as a summertime fuel, especially, and also as an agricultural machinery fuel.
  • Ants seem common and ubiquitous, especially at summertime picnics.
  • Because they've less distance to travel, they tend to arrive home first in the summertime and to live in prime forest-edge spots.
  • summertime is here again, and with it comes more music to move you.
  • They were cool even in summertime, and their red-cheeked salesgirls even wore sweaters under their white coats.
  • Redolent, she thinks-Keatsian word-redolent of summertime and summer ease.
  • It was a planetary summertime, and the living was easy.
British Dictionary definitions for summertime


the period or season of summer
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Word Origin and History for summertime

late 14c., somer tyme, from summer (n.1) + time (n.). Earlier were summertide (mid-13c.), sumeres tid (late Old English). In Britain, as two words, with reference to what in U.S. is daylight saving time, recorded from 1916.

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summertime in Culture

“Summertime” definition

One of the best-known songs of George Gershwin; it comes from the opera Porgy and Bess and begins, “Summertime, and the living is easy&ellipsis4;”

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