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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n midsummer June 21, when the sun is at its northernmost point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Midsummer The middle of summer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n midsummer The middle of summer; the period of the summer solstice, about the 21st of June (astronomically the beginning of summer), because in Great Britain summer is considered as beginning with May; specifically, midsummer day, June 24th. See midsummer day, below. On midsummer eve, or the eve of the feast of St. John Baptist (June 24th), it was the custom in former times to kindle fires (called St. John's fires) upon hills in celebration of the summer solstice.
    • n midsummer Lunacy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Midsummer the middle of summer: the summer solstice, about the 21st of June
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. midsumor,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. (mid-), middgen; Ger. mitte and mittel, L. medius, Gr. mesos.


In literature:

In the failing light of the midsummer evening, two women sat upon the broad veranda that ran round three sides of the old Virginia mansion.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It was midsummer, she wanted a breath of the ocean; why should she not go to New York and quietly see how things were for herself?
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
If every evening is to take up so many pages, my book will be full at Midsummer!
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I was fifteen years and a half old when I became an apprentice to the forester, on Midsummer Day 1797.
"Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel" by Friedrich Froebel
After a fruitless assault, the royalists settled down to a blockade which lasted from midsummer to Christmas.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
About Midsummer the mother died.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
As he fared forth, gaunt and tremulous, the midsummer beauty of out-of-doors effected him curiously.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
It was a hushed midsummer night.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
Along in midsummer, in the midst of Ellen's vacation, the mining stock dropped fast a point or more a day.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But I know this hot heart of yours is as pure as the snow we see on the Alps in midsummer.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
By midsummer Carr's mill on the Toba worked night and day.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Midsummer Night tricks and the freemasonry of youth were at work.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It is midsummer, and midsummer, like a bride, is decked in white.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
On Midsummer Eve, he goes through the world to see if all is well with the tree people.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
There was a midsummer silence about the hotel in the early afternoon when Milly arrived.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
Midsummer-eve, when the days are longest and the nights shortest, was now come.
"The Fairy Book" by Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
Green herbs called "livelong" were plucked by the children and hung up on Midsummer Eve.
"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley
Such was the situation in Austria at midsummer.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Through all the bright stretches of midsummer weather, Ruth, Roger, and Mabel and he.
"Three Women" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In poetry:

But when the broad midsummer moon
Rose o'er that grassy lawn,
Beside the silver-footed deer
There grazed a spotted fawn.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
The hard sun, as thy petals knew,
Coloured the heavy moss-water:
Thou wert not worth green midsummer
Nor fit to live to August blue,
O sundew, not remembering her.
"The Sundew" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And it's O, for my dear and the charm that stays -
Midsummer days! Midsummer days!
It's O, for my Love and the dark that plights -
Midsummer nights! O midsummer nights!
"Ballade Of Midsummer Days And Nights" by William Ernest Henley
Long years have passed since that midsummer night,
But still I feel the creeping of your hand
Along my face. If I return once more,
And in the shadow of that tree should stand
""Now That The Pain Is Gone, I Too Can Smile."" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
True, it is pleasant, at eve or at noon,
To gaze on the sea and its far-winding bays,
When ting’d with the light of the wandering moon,
Or red with the gold of the midsummer rays.
"Ode To A Mountain-Torrent (From The German Of Stolberg)" by George Borrow
On a midsummer's eve she lay down to sleep,
Wearied and toil-worn the maiden was then;
How deep was that slumber, how quiet that rest,
'Twas the sleep from which no one awakens again.
"She Slumbers Still" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Delaware Shakespeare Festival's "A Midsummer Night 's Dream" rolls constant comedy, characters with super powers and elegant tunes into an enchanting burrito that.
Crossroads Rep sets ' Midsummer Night 's Dream' in 1890s Paris.
Puck (Ryan UnderBakke) wouldn't have it any other way for Hermia (Ruby Wolf) and her gang in A Midsummer Night 's Dream at Payomet Performing Arts Center.
Walla Symphony's ' Midsummer Night Music' to be July 13-15.
The Walla Walla Symphony will make its debut summer concert weekend at the Power House Theatre on July 13-15 with its " Midsummer Night Music" performances.
Midsummer Night Beauty Pageant.
Midsummer Night 's Sing July 24.
A midsummer night 's dream at Shakespeare Theater celebration.
Midsummer night 's BBQ: Burnt edges.
Carmel Valley Middle School Drama Department Director/Teacher Katrina Peterson directed William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night 's Dream" May 16-19.
Take, if you will, A Midsummer Night 's Dream.
"A Midsummer Night 's Dream," directed by Tony Speciale for the Classic Stage Company, stars Bebe Neuwirth, center, as Hippolyta and Titania.
Tickets are now on sale for this year's Midsummer Night Swing event at Lincoln Center, taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays from June 26 to July 14.
A Midsummer Night 's Dream added show to benefit Chardon Healing Fund.
"A Midsummer Night 's Dream" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.