Definition of midsummer in US English:



  • 1often as modifier The middle part of summer.

    ‘the midsummer heat’
    • ‘In midsummer the lilies reign, with blooms of vivid yellow, orange, maroon and pink.’
    • ‘The shabby redbrick facades of Het Straatje, or the little street, drowse like its denizens in the midsummer heat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A peculiar experience occurs in thick Australian bushland in the shimmering heat of midsummer's noon.’
    • ‘The last time they'd seen the tin can was in the baking midsummer sun - a holiday from way back.’
    • ‘A delay into late summer will mean resellers miss the traditional midsummer buying season.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the dry heat of midsummer, this place of rugged beauty is as spooky as it is spectacular - a disaster waiting to happen.’
    • ‘The Colchicum is much larger with goblet-shaped, fleshy flowers that are resistant to rain and should be planted in midsummer.’
    • ‘Amid the midsummer heat and the excitement in central London, as citizens celebrated Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the principal contenders were becoming clear.’
    • ‘Next, imagine you're down there, on the ground in midsummer's heat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a midsummer experience for the middle class every year.’
    • ‘The Mani is a good place to walk at any time of the year, except in the searing heat of midsummer.’
    • ‘Softwood cuttings are taken from new growth made in early spring to midsummer and are green at the tip and base.’
    • ‘The fruiting season is midsummer to early autumn.’
    • ‘Whether you start with seeds or transplants, planting in midsummer means heat is likely to stress young broccoli plants.’
    • ‘Bloom begins in midsummer and lasts until frost.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for summer solstice
      • ‘On midsummer night last year, for example, he joined other artists for a special display on the River Thames.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the midsummer sun rises directly over the heel stone, it marks the turning of the season and the approaching harvest season.’


Old English midsumor (see mid-, summer).