One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A period of fine weather around 11 November (the feast day of St Martin of Tours).
- ‘Of course, it might not feel like Winter if one is experiencing a "St. Martin's Summer" -- the equivalent of an "Indian Summer."’
- ‘Poins calls Falstaff ‘Martlemas', perhaps alluding to St Martin's summer (compare Prince Harry's ‘All-hallown summer’); or to Martinmas beef, fattened for slaughter by that date.’
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