Meaning of summer stock

sum'mer stock'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the production of plays, musical comedy, etc., during the summer, esp. in a suburban or resort area, often by a repertory company.
  2. summer theaters collectively or their productions: Summer stock usually begins about June 1.
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