arid

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adjective ar·id \ˈa-rəd, ˈer-əd\

Definition of arid

  1. 1 :  excessively dry; specifically :  having insufficient rainfall to support agriculture an arid region

  2. 2 :  lacking in interest and life :  jejune arid textbooks

aridity

play \ə-ˈri-də-tē, a-\ noun

aridness

play \ˈa-rəd-nəs, ˈer-əd-\ noun

Examples of arid in a sentence

  1. a dull and arid textbook

  2. an arid speech about duty and responsibility

Origin and Etymology of arid

French or Latin; French aride, from Latin aridus, from arēre to be dry; akin to Sanskrit āsa ash, Old English asce


First Known Use: 1652


ARID Defined for English Language Learners

arid

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adjective ar·id \ˈa-rəd, ˈer-əd\

Definition of arid for English Language Learners

  • : very dry : having very little rain or water

  • : lacking in interest and life


ARID Defined for Kids

arid

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adjective ar·id \ˈer-əd\

Definition of arid for Students

  1. :  not having enough rainfall to support agriculture



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