Definition of midsummer in English:



  • 1The middle part of summer.

    ‘the plant blooms in midsummer’
    • ‘In midsummer the lilies reign, with blooms of vivid yellow, orange, maroon and pink.’
    • ‘The Mani is a good place to walk at any time of the year, except in the searing heat of midsummer.’
    • ‘The last time they'd seen the tin can was in the baking midsummer sun - a holiday from way back.’
    • ‘The shabby redbrick facades of Het Straatje, or the little street, drowse like its denizens in the midsummer heat.’
    • ‘The Colchicum is much larger with goblet-shaped, fleshy flowers that are resistant to rain and should be planted in midsummer.’
    • ‘Whether you start with seeds or transplants, planting in midsummer means heat is likely to stress young broccoli plants.’
    • ‘Amid the midsummer heat and the excitement in central London, as citizens celebrated Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the principal contenders were becoming clear.’
    • ‘The fruiting season is midsummer to early autumn.’
    • ‘A peculiar experience occurs in thick Australian bushland in the shimmering heat of midsummer's noon.’
    • ‘Bloom begins in midsummer and lasts until frost.’
    • ‘Everything grows very slowly there and all northern hemisphere herbs are grown under shade cloth - the herbs can't manage the intense dry heat of midsummer.’
    • ‘In southernmost regions, your garden's rest period probably will coincide with the intense midsummer heat instead of winter.’
    • ‘Softwood cuttings are taken from new growth made in early spring to midsummer and are green at the tip and base.’
    • ‘In midsummer, container-grown plants in local nurseries will be in full leaf so you can get a good idea of what the different varieties will look like.’
    • ‘Next, imagine you're down there, on the ground in midsummer's heat.’
    • ‘Although the plants bear tall spikes of white or lavender flowers in midsummer, hosta are planted primarily for the season-long show of their striking foliage.’
    • ‘A delay into late summer will mean resellers miss the traditional midsummer buying season.’
    • ‘In the dry heat of midsummer, this place of rugged beauty is as spooky as it is spectacular - a disaster waiting to happen.’
    • ‘It is a midsummer experience for the middle class every year.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the midsummer heat in Athens means his young children Pippa, three, and Oliver, one, will have to stay at home in Faringdon with his wife Georgina, 38.’
    1. 1.1 The summer solstice.
      • ‘On midsummer night last year, for example, he joined other artists for a special display on the River Thames.’
      • ‘When the midsummer sun rises directly over the heel stone, it marks the turning of the season and the approaching harvest season.’
      • ‘The midsummer's eve dance was in precisely four days, and she already had her dress all prepared.’
      • ‘For the remainder of the 1930s its members continued to hold services either at Stonehenge or Normanton Gorse, but in July rather than at midsummer.’


Old English midsumor (see mid-, summer).