Indian-summer meaning

A period of mild weather occurring in late autumn.
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A pleasant, tranquil, or flourishing period occurring near the end of something.

The Indian summer of the administration.

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A period of mild, warm, hazy weather following the first frosts of late autumn.
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The final period, as of a person's life, regarded as tranquil, serene, etc.
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A stretch of sunny and warm days during late autumn.
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(figuratively) The late autumn of life; a late flowering of activity before old age.
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Origin of indian-summer

  • A wide variety of etymologies have been proposed, none convincingly. Most plausible suggest Native Americans called it a form of “summer”, due to harvesting late plants or preparing for winter, or European settlers coined it due to various Native American activity in this season, or due to the weather phenomenon being associated with regions inhabited by Native Americans. No evidence of connection with Indian giver (some folk etymologies suggest that the term is due to the warm weather being given but then taken away).
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  • Unknown US, attested 1778. Spread and popularized early 19th century. Used figuratively from 1830s. By 20th century globally replaced earlier St. Luke's summer, St. Martin's summer, and All-Hallown summer.
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