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adjective viv·id \ˈvi-vəd\

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

of a color :  very strong :  very high in chroma
:  having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness :  lively <a vivid sketch>
:  producing a strong or clear impression on the senses :  sharp, intense; specifically :  producing distinct mental images <a vivid description>
:  acting clearly and vigorously <a vivid imagination>
viv·id·ly adverb
viv·id·ness noun

Examples of VIVID

  1. He gave a vivid description of the scene.
  2. The book includes many vivid illustrations.
  3. The dream was very vivid.
  4. She could remember the dream in vivid detail.
  5. 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

graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words. graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture <a graphic account of combat>. vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something <a vivid re-creation of an exciting event>. picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm <a picturesque account of his travels>.

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

Rhymes with VIVID

VIVIDNESS Defined for Kids


adjective viv·id \ˈvi-vəd\

Definition of VIVID for Kids

:  producing strong mental images <a vivid description>
:  very strong or bright <vivid red>
:  acting clearly and powerfully <a vivid imagination>
:  seeming full of life and freshness <a vivid painting>
viv·id·ly adverb <That scene of two years before flashed back into her recollection as vividly as if it had taken place yesterday. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables>
viv·id·ness noun

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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