adjective per·ma·nent \-nənt\

: lasting or continuing for a very long time or forever : not temporary or changing

Full Definition of PERMANENT

:  continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change :  stable
per·ma·nent·ly adverb
per·ma·nent·ness noun

Examples of PERMANENT

  1. She made a permanent home in this country.
  2. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause permanent skin damage.
  3. The museum's permanent collection includes works of art from the 18th century.
  4. The transcripts will serve as a permanent record of the proceedings.


Middle English, from Anglo-French parmanant, from Latin permanent-, permanens, present participle of permanēre to endure, from per- throughout + manēre to remain — more at per-, mansion
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of PERMANENT

lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely <a book that left a lasting impression on me>. permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely <permanent living arrangements>. durable implies power to resist destructive agencies <durable fabrics>. stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced <a stable government>.



Definition of PERMANENT

:  a long-lasting hair wave or straightening produced by mechanical and chemical means —called also permanent wave

First Known Use of PERMANENT

PERMANENTLY Defined for Kids


adjective per·ma·nent \ˈpər-mə-nənt\

Definition of PERMANENT for Kids

:  lasting or meant to last for a long time :  not temporary <Some permanent changes will be made.>
per·ma·nent·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary


adjective per·ma·nent \ˈpərm(-ə)-nənt\

Medical Definition of PERMANENT

:  of, relating to, or being a permanent tooth <permanent dentition>


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