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Definition of evergreen

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1 : having foliage that remains green and functional through more than one growing season — compare deciduous sense 1
2a : retaining freshness or interest : perennial
b : universally and continually relevant : not limited in applicability to a particular event or date This morning writer Erin Gloria Ryan tweeted, "It has not been a good 24 hours for masculinity." It's a sort of evergreen tweet that might be true at most times over the last several thousand years.— James Hamblin He'll spend a good chunk of the special talking about his family, and some time discussing politics, too, though he has been admonished to stay close to "evergreen" material for re-runs.— Michael. K. MacIntyre


plural evergreens

Definition of evergreen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a plant having foliage that remains green and functional through more than one growing season If temperatures are above 40 degrees, spray broadleaf evergreens with an antidesiccant to ward off winter dehydration and windburn.— Jessica Damiano especially : an evergreen conifer Evergreens, on the other hand, endure winter's ice with hard, tough-skinned needles that continue food production throughout the seasons.— Richard Wolkomir
2 plural : twigs and branches of evergreen plants used for decoration
3 : something that retains its freshness, interest, or popularity

Examples of evergreen in a Sentence

Adjective Most pines are evergreen trees.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some plants also need fire to reproduce; certain evergreen trees rely on the scorching heat from fires to melt the waxy seals on their pinecones. Popular Science, "For prairie flowers, fire is the ultimate matchmaker," 29 Jan. 2020 Some games transcend the calendar; evergreen titles like the Mario franchise have long sales tails post-release, so their actual publication date may matter less. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed," 23 Jan. 2020 That evergreen discussion has flared up yet again in recent weeks, thanks to attempts by the U.S. administration to secure easier access for investigators to people’s confidential smartphone data. David Meyer, Fortune, "What the alleged Saudi hack of Jeff Bezos says about the encryption debate," 22 Jan. 2020 Some evergreen species lose the needles all at once (during a week or two) in the fall, and in some species, the needles fall off at other times of the year. Dallas News, "Everything you ever wanted to know about evergreens," 18 Jan. 2020 Producers will outpace categorization, as will internationally ascended performances from the likes of K-pop phenomenon BTS and the evergreen talent of J-pop Hikaru Utada. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 Anacua grows to at least 25 feet with a very dense evergreen crown. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The best trees and shrubs to feed, shelter birds in San Antonio gardens," 12 Dec. 2019 Sometimes called the redwood of the east, eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is an evergreen giant inhabiting forests in eastern North America from Alabama to southern Canada. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests," 15 Jan. 2020 Walk into the Olmsted Falls Baptist Church basement that night and the scent of pine sweeps you into an evergreen tree forest of Colorado – or the woods in Whispering Pines, North Carolina. cleveland, "Olmsted Falls Garden Club is busy year round: Olmsted Dates and Data," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis) is a narrow evergreen tree that grows more than 50 feet tall. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "A perennial plant whose wood stems are wrapped in bark is a ...," 5 Nov. 2019 Native evergreens are both aromatic and release a high concentration of phytoncides—airborne essential oils that provide a natural immunity boost. Michael Melford, National Geographic, "The secret to mindful travel? A walk in the woods," 18 Oct. 2019 But on Monday the good folks of Pleasant Prairie decided to revive the tradition, singing carols, drinking hot cocoa, eating cookies and candy canes and ogling flaming evergreens. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pleasant Prairie celebrates Twelfth Night with bonfire of fragrant Christmas trees," 6 Jan. 2020 The maples, without leaves now, will likely take longer to dry than evergreens like the Nandina. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Check out the many gardening uses for corrugated cardboard," 5 Jan. 2020 Additionally, no program that had been on Netflix before this past year, including evergreen-viewing sitcoms like Friends and The Office, was accounted for. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Netflix Picks Its Own Most Popular Movies and Series Of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Tara Shifflett, also a Westminster senior, went all-in on realistic evergreen garland for Queen La-Treefa. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Glitter, rollers and blowers in hand, Carroll County cosmetology students craft ‘Whoville’ hairdos," 13 Dec. 2019 The heftiest $6,500 price tag was found at Soho Trees, which has seven stands located throughout Manhattan to service city dwellers eager to decorate their apartments with a real evergreen. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Christmas Trees Are Going for as Much as $6,500 in N.Y.C. — and Selling Out," 11 Dec. 2019 Playoff expansion is an evergreen topic in sports, always guaranteed to stir up debate. Ralph D. Russo, chicagotribune.com, "4 enough for now to keep CFP expansion talk quiet," 9 Dec. 2019

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1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evergreen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evergreen. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evergreen

: having leaves that remain green all year long


ev·​er·​green | \ ˈe-vər-ˌgrēn How to pronounce evergreen (audio) \

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: a plant (as a pine or a laurel) having leaves that stay green through more than one growing season



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: having leaves that stay green through more than one growing season

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