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

Definition of evergreen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


Most pines are evergreen trees.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Scholar’s Courtyard won’t need to have shades, because the trees are evergreen. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Visit rooms decked out with fresh evergreen garlands, and discover Yankee and German holiday traditions, period crafts and games for young and old. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall and winter festivals, fairs and other events in Wisconsin," 13 Oct. 2017 Dotdash also focuses on evergreen content that has enduring relevance, separating it from publishers that focus on news stories that have become increasingly unpalatable to advertisers. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Dotdash, Riding Wave of Search Traffic, Acquires New Sites," 8 Jan. 2019 Fire Island, New York, has a scruffy, evergreen allure. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Though people across the globe had been decorating temples and domestic interiors with evergreen flora for centuries, the holiday tradition in its modern form originated with medieval Germans. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Made Christmas Trees a Holiday Staple," 18 Dec. 2018 Troops decorated the mess halls with flags and evergreen boughs. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Kratom comes from the leaves of a tropical evergreen plant in the coffee family that, according to the FDA, grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "What you need to know about kratom as the feds crack down on the herbal supplement," 31 May 2018 The biggest problem with the evergreen lawsuit wasn’t its absurd legal argument that the evergreen clause violated the Texas Constitution by supposedly forcing the city into debt. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Court cases demonstrate Sculley’s disregard for process," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The evergreen huckleberry is a broad-leaved shrub that features shiny, waxy leaves and striking pink and white flowers. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Burning all four wicks of the Holiday Grand will fill your home with notes of evergreen, red currant, and juniper berry. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What A $500 Candle Looks Like," 7 Dec. 2018 In Scandinavia, the Vikings believed evergreens were special gifts from Balder, their god of light and peace. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 But now that the spare room has been transformed into Crew’s nursery, Joanna relocated the extra evergreen to her and Chip’s bedroom. Megan Stein, Country Living, "How Chip and Joanna Gaines Decorated Their Home for Baby Crew's First Christmas," 26 Dec. 2018 The other plants used throughout the three houses range from lilies and azaleas to paperwhites, amaryllis, and mini-evergreens. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 Smelling of evergreen, berries and spice, this long-lasting fragrance set diffuses the oil through natural reeds and looks beautiful at the same time, thanks to the berries and decorative green ribbon — and without the worry of an open flame. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Holiday Decor Items Under $50," 3 Dec. 2018 After the solstice, Ra would slowly start glowing brighter and stronger, and an evergreen's immortality symbolized the triumph of life over death. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 Tight-leafed evergreens traditionally supply the raw material for scissor-wielding sculptors. Cynthia Kling, WSJ, "Laid-Back Topiary for Your Winter Windowsill," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of evergreen


1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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) \

Kids Definition of evergreen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of evergreen (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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