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Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."
Origin and Etymology of durable
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of durable
DURABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of durable for English Language Learners
: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time
DURABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of durable for Students
: able to last a long time durable furniture
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