Definition of summer solstice in US English:

summer solstice


  • 1The solstice that marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, about June 21 in the northern hemisphere and December 22 in the southern hemisphere.

    • ‘This week marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.’
    • ‘Midsummer (near the summer solstice in June) is a long-awaited holiday of eating, drinking, and dancing, rivaled in importance only by Christmas.’
    • ‘On the summer solstice in June, we're going to have a family picnic for all the people who have been working on the new residence.’
    • ‘All of these conditions were in effect this year for the June 21 summer solstice.’
    • ‘Along with other Scandinavians, Swedes celebrate the summer solstice, or Midsummer's Day, on June 21.’
    • ‘This is the northern summer solstice, when northern latitudes experience their maximum duration of daylight.’
    • ‘For those who can extend their trip, Fairbanks celebrates the summer solstice on June 21.’
    • ‘Sometime between the spring equinox and the summer solstice each year, Augusta National closes its doors and places its golf course under the knife.’
    • ‘The sun then climbs higher each day until the summer solstice on about June 21.’
    • ‘Perhaps the favorite Latvian holiday, however, comes in June, during the summer solstice - the longest day of the year.’
    • ‘It is 17 December 1894, a Monday, close to the date of the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere.’
    • ‘In the Northern Hemisphere on summer solstice, areas above 66.5 degrees north have sunlight for 24 hours, and at the South Pole in the same latitude, 24 hours of darkness is experienced.’
    • ‘In the Northern hemisphere, the summer solstice of 21 June signals the start of shorter days and longer nights.’
    • ‘The Asian Musical Festival, an eight-day event sponsored by the Chiayi County Government to mark the summer solstice on June 21, began yesterday.’
    • ‘The experiment took place from 17 to 24 June 1998 around the summer solstice when the solar radiation at ground reaches its maximum.’
    • ‘The meeting will be held June 15-18, just before the summer solstice on June 21.’
    • ‘The summer solstice occurs on 21 June for the Northern Hemisphere when the sun is farthest north, and solar UVB should reach its maximum on this day.’
    • ‘Stonehenge will be one of the high-risk areas under close scrutiny, as many hundreds of people are expected to gather at the ancient monument in June to celebrate the summer solstice.’
    • ‘The date is just three weeks before the summer solstice, so the Northern Hemisphere is tilted almost as far toward the Sun as it goes, with the result that the Land of the Midnight Sun is indeed getting 24 hours of sunlight.’
    • ‘Of course the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.’
    1. 1.1Astronomy The solstice in June.
      • ‘The winter solstice Sun in the 8th exactly square Saturn had its own story to tell, as did the summer solstice Sun square Mars, both signalling problems for the House of Windsor.’
      • ‘When the Olympics began in the eighth century, B.C., it was decided that they would be held every four years at the start of the second full moon after the summer solstice.’
      • ‘In the summer months the Full Moon culminates lower and lower in the sky until it reaches its lowest position above the visible horizon at the Full Moon nearest the summer solstice.’
      • ‘During the period of the development of the calendar, the heliacal rising of Sirius coincided with the summer solstice, both of which announced the annual inundation of the Nile, the central focus of the agricultural year.’
      • ‘On 21 June 1667, the day of the summer solstice, the Observatory officially opened and observations were made to determine the exact location of the new Observatory.’


summer solstice