Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English (Modern, Rare)
Pronounced Pron. SOL-stis
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Contributor Contrib.welshrocker1 on 12/25/2011
Derived from Latin solsticium and thus ultimately from sol "sun" and stito "to stand still", the English word solstice refers to two periods each year when the days no longer seem to shorten or lengthen due to the sun seemingly rising and setting in the same place for some days.