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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Late Middle English, 14th century


(Technical) Belonging to or appearing in summer.

Examples of Estival in a sentence

"These are strictly estival flowers."

"Sara and Jim embarked on a whirlwind, estival romance."

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About Estival

This word stems from late Middle English via the Latin “aestivalis,” from “aestivus,” from “aestus,” meaning “boiling (of the sea), tide, heat.”

Did you Know?

“Estival” might make readers think of another summertime word: “festival.” Despite this seasonal similarity, they come from different roots. While “estival” stems from “aestus,” meaning “heat,” “festival” is rooted in “festivus,” a Latin term that means "festive" or "merry." While music festivals have become a staple of the estival months, they can occur at any time of the year.

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