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summery adj : belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer; "summery weather"; "summery dresses" [ant: autumnal, wintry, vernal]

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  • , /ˈsʌməri, /"sVm@ri/



  1. Relating to the summer.
  2. Of weather, typical of summer.

Derived terms


relating to the summer
of weather, typical of summer

Extensive Definition

Summer is one of the four temperate seasons. Summer marks the warmest time of year with the longest days.


Summer begins on June 20th in 2008 in Humber Summit Middle School. The seasons are considered by some Western countries to start at the equinoxes and solstices, based on astronomical reckoning. In North American-printed English-language calendars, based on astronomy, summer begins on June 20, the day of the summer solstice and ends on September 20, the autumn equinox. When it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.
In Ireland, summer begins on 1 May and ends 31 July, by the Irish calendar.
But, because the seasonal lag is less than 1/10th of a year (except near large bodies of water), the meteorological start of the season, which is based on average temperature patterns, precedes by about three weeks the start of the astronomical season. According to meteorology, summer is the whole months of December, January, and February in the Southern Hemisphere, and the whole months of June, July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere. This meteorological definition of summer also aligns with commonly viewed notion of summer as the season with the longest (and warmest) days of the year, in which the daylight predominates, through varying degrees. The use of astronomical beginning of the seasons means that spring and summer have an almost equal pattern of the length of the days, with spring lengthening from the equinox to the solstice and summer shortening from the solstice to the equinox, while meteorological summer encompasses the build up to the longest day and decline thereafter, so that summer has many more hours of daylight than spring.
Today, the meteorological reckoning of the seasons is used in Australia, Denmark, the former USSR and by many people in the United Kingdom, but the astronomical definition is still more frequently used in the United States.
In general, seasonal changes occur later in coastal regions, so countries close to the oceans summer to start later (with the exception of Ireland) than inland ones. Elsewhere, however, the solstices and the equinoxes are taken to mark the mid-points, not the beginnings, of the seasons. In Chinese astronomy, for example, summer starts on or around May 5, with the jiéqì (solar term) known as Lixia (立夏), i.e. "establishment of summer", and it ends on or around August 6. An example of Western usage would be William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, where the play takes place over the shortest night of the year, which is the summer solstice. In southern and southeast Asia where the monsoon occurs, summer is more generally defined as March to May or early June, their warmest time of the year, ending with the onset of the monsoon rains.


In most countries children are out of school during this time of year for summer holidays, although dates vary. Some begin as early as mid-May, although in England, from the ages of 5-18, school ends in the middle of July. In the Southern Hemisphere, school holiday dates include the major holidays of Christmas and New Year's Day. Summer school holidays in Australia begin a few days before Christmas and end in late January to mid-February, with the dates varying in different states.
Summer is an important season for the social agenda of individuals. Generally, the summer season in most regions of the world has an evident increase in tourism. Outdoor activity is also a hobby, taken by many people during this season, due to the favorable conditions. Leisure tasks are also associated with summer, due to the number of people on vacation.



summery in Arabic: صيف
summery in Asturian: Branu
summery in Aymara: Panqara phaxsi
summery in Belarusian: Лета
summery in Bosnian: Ljeto
summery in Breton: Hañv
summery in Bulgarian: Лято
summery in Catalan: Estiu
summery in Czech: Léto
summery in Welsh: Haf
summery in Danish: Sommer
summery in German: Sommer
summery in Estonian: Suvi
summery in Modern Greek (1453-): Καλοκαίρι
summery in Erzya: Кизэ (шкань вал)
summery in Spanish: Verano
summery in Esperanto: Somero
summery in Basque: Uda
summery in Persian: تابستان
summery in French: Été
summery in Friulian: Istât
summery in Galician: Verán
summery in Classical Chinese: 夏
summery in Korean: 여름
summery in Hindi: ग्रीष्म ऋतु
summery in Croatian: Ljeto
summery in Indonesian: Musim panas
summery in Icelandic: Sumar
summery in Italian: Estate
summery in Hebrew: קיץ
summery in Georgian: ზაფხული
summery in Swahili (macrolanguage): Kipindi cha Kiangazi
summery in Haitian: Lete
summery in Kurdish: Havîn
summery in Latin: Aestas
summery in Lithuanian: Vasara
summery in Hungarian: Nyár
summery in Macedonian: Лето
summery in Marathi: उन्हाळा
summery in Malay (macrolanguage): Musim panas
summery in Dutch: Zomer
summery in Dutch Low Saxon: Zoemer
summery in Japanese: 夏
summery in Norwegian: Sommer
summery in Norwegian Nynorsk: Sommar
summery in Narom: Êté
summery in Polish: Lato
summery in Portuguese: Verão
summery in Romanian: Vară
summery in Russian: Лето
summery in Southern Sotho: Lehlabula
summery in Albanian: Vera (stinë)
summery in Sicilian: Estati
summery in Simple English: Summer
summery in Slovak: Leto
summery in Slovenian: Poletje
summery in Serbian: Лето
summery in Serbo-Croatian: Leto
summery in Finnish: Kesä
summery in Swedish: Sommar
summery in Thai: ฤดูร้อน
summery in Vietnamese: Mùa hạ
summery in Tajik: Тобистон
summery in Turkish: Yaz
summery in Ukrainian: Літо
summery in Urdu: موسم گرما
summery in Venetian: Istà
summery in Võro: Suvi
summery in Vlaams: Zomer
summery in Yiddish: זומער
summery in Dimli: Amnan
summery in Samogitian: Vasara
summery in Chinese: 夏季

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aestival, arctic, autumn, autumnal, beryl-green, berylline, blood-hot, blood-warm, blue-green, bluish-green, boreal, brumal, calid, canicular, chartreuse, chloranemic, chlorine, chlorotic, citrine, citrinous, emerald, equatorial, equinoctial, foliaged, genial, glaucescent, glaucous, glaucous-green, grassy, green, green as grass, green-blue, greenish, greenish-blue, greenish-yellow, greensick, hibernal, hiemal, holly, ivy, ivy-green, leafy, leaved, luke, lukewarm, midsummer, midwinter, mild, olivaceous, olive, olive-green, out of season, porraceous, room-temperature, seasonal, smaragdine, solstitial, spring, springlike, subtropical, summer, summerlike, summerly, sunny, sunshiny, temperate, tepid, thermal, thermic, toasty, tropical, unfrozen, verdant, verdurous, vernal, vernant, vert, virescent, warm, warm as toast, warmish, winter, winterlike, wintery, wintry, yellowish-green
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