arid

adjective
ar·​id | \ ˈa-rəd How to pronounce arid (audio) , ˈer-əd\

Definition of arid

1 : excessively dry specifically : having insufficient rainfall to support agriculture an arid region
2 : lacking in interest and life : jejune arid textbooks

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Other Words from arid

aridity \ ə-​ˈri-​də-​tē How to pronounce aridity (audio) , a-​ \ noun
aridness \ ˈa-​rəd-​nəs How to pronounce aridness (audio) , ˈer-​əd-​ \ noun

Examples of arid in a Sentence

a dull and arid textbook an arid speech about duty and responsibility

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California has an arid climate in the best of times. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s California Water Relief," 19 Oct. 2018 On a punishing two-day march through the arid Sahel, some pregnant women miscarried and other elderly people died. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 Egyptian embalming is thought to have gotten its start in that Predynastic Period or even earlier, when people noticed that the arid heat of the sand tended to dry and preserve bodies buried in the desert. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 The conspicuous lack of other striped creatures in hot, arid environments. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 While frogs have been around for more than 200 million years, their fossil record is slim and usually skewed toward species from arid, seasonal environments, not tiny rain-forest dwellers, the statement said. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "A surprise find: 99-million-year-old frog encased in amber," 15 June 2018 Verde Valley, Arizona Arizona might bring to mind cacti, tumbleweeds and sandstorms, but the elevation and arid climate of Arizona’s Verde Valley are surprisingly grape-friendly. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now," 29 Aug. 2018 Tourists looking for high-end safaris and migrating herds trailed by slavering lions were not drawn to its arid expanses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 He and Mom adjusted to their arid surroundings quickly. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of President George W. Bush's Eulogy for His Father," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of arid

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arid

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

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arid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of arid

: very dry : having very little rain or water
: lacking in interest and life

arid

adjective
ar·​id | \ ˈer-əd How to pronounce arid (audio) \

Kids Definition of arid

: not having enough rainfall to support agriculture

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