Simple Definition of vivid
of a picture, memory, etc. : seeming like real life because it is very clear, bright, or detailed
: very bright in color
Full Definition of vivid
1 of a color : very strong : very high in chroma
2 : having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness : lively <a vivid sketch>
4 : acting clearly and vigorously <a vivid imagination>
Examples of vivid
He gave a vivid description of the scene.
The book includes many vivid illustrations.
The dream was very vivid.
She could remember the dream in vivid detail.
The fabric was dyed a vivid red.
Origin of vivid
Latin vividus, from vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 1634
Synonym Discussion of vivid
Rhymes with vivid
VIVID Defined for Kids
Definition of vivid
1 : producing strong mental images <a vivid description>
2 : very strong or bright <vivid red>
3 : acting clearly and powerfully <a vivid imagination>
4 : seeming full of life and freshness <a vivid painting>
Word Root of vivid
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Headscratcher for vivid
If you have studied Roman numerals, you might see something special about the word vivid. It is spelled with letters that are all Roman numerals. (V equals 5, I equals 1, and D equals 500.) Some other words spelled with letters that are Roman numerals are dill, mill, livid, civil, and civic.
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