Definition of sylvan
: one that frequents groves or woods
First Known Use of sylvan
Simple Definition of sylvan
: having a lot of woods or trees
Full Definition of sylvan
1a : living or located in the woods or forestb : of, relating to, or characteristic of the woods or forest
2a : made, shaped, or formed of woods or treesb : abounding in woods, groves, or trees : wooded
Did You Know?
In Latin, sylva means "wood" or "forest," and the related "Sylvanus" names the Roman god of the woods and fields - a god sometimes identified with the Greek god Pan. These words gave rise to English "sylvan" in the 16th century. The English word was first used as a noun meaning "a mythological deity of the woods," eventually taking on the broader meaning "one who frequents the woods." The adjective "sylvan" followed soon after the noun and is now the more common word. Some other offspring of "sylva" (which can also be spelled "silva") include "silviculture" ("a branch of forestry dealing with the development and care of forests"), "sylvatic" (a synonym of "sylvan" that can also mean "occurring in or affecting wild animals"), and the first name "Sylvia."
Origin and Etymology of sylvan
Medieval Latin silvanus, sylvanus, from Latin silva, sylva wood
First Known Use: circa 1583
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