Definition of evanescent
: tending to vanish like vapor
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Examples of evanescent in a sentence
beauty that is as evanescent as a rainbow
Did You Know?
The fragile, airy quality of things evanescent reflects the etymology of the word evanescent itself. It derives from a form of the Latin verb evanescere, which means "to evaporate" or "to vanish." Given the similarity in spelling between the two words, you might expect evaporate to come from the same Latin root, but it actually grew out of another steamy Latin root, evaporare. Evanescere did give us vanish, however, by way of Anglo-French and Vulgar Latin.
Origin and Etymology of evanescent
Latin evanescent-, evanescens, present participle of evanescere
First Known Use: 1717
Synonym Discussion of evanescent
EVANESCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evanescent for English Language Learners
: lasting a very short time
Medical Definition of evanescent
: tending to disappear quickly : of relatively short duration an evanescent rash
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