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adjective viv·id \ˈvi-vəd\

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. 1 of a color :  very strong :  very high in chroma

  2. 2 :  having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness :  lively <a vivid sketch>

  3. 3 :  producing a strong or clear impression on the senses :  sharp, intense; specifically :  producing distinct mental images <a vivid description>

  4. 4 :  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>.

Rhymes with vivid



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