adjective fos·sil \ˈfä-səl\

Definition of FOSSIL

:  preserved from a past geologic age <fossil plants> <fossil water in an underground reservoir>
:  being or resembling a fossil
:  of or relating to fossil fuel

Origin of FOSSIL

Latin fossilis obtained by digging, from fodere to dig — more at bed
First Known Use: 1604

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: something (such as a leaf, skeleton, or footprint) that is from a plant or animal which lived in ancient times and that you can see in some rocks

: a person whose ideas are very old-fashioned or out-of-date

Full Definition of FOSSIL

:  a remnant, impression, or trace of an organism of past geologic ages that has been preserved in the earth's crust — compare living fossil
a :  a person whose views are outmoded :  fogy
b :  something (as a theory) that has become rigidly fixed
:  an old word or word element preserved only by idiom (as fro in to and fro)

Examples of FOSSIL

  1. <some old fossil who thinks that a boy and a girl shouldn't be together unsupervised until they are engaged>

First Known Use of FOSSIL


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FOSSIL Defined for Kids


noun fos·sil \ˈfä-səl\

Definition of FOSSIL for Kids

:  a trace or print or the remains of a plant or animal of a past age preserved in earth or rock
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apprehension Hear it
comprehension or the fear of future evil
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