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

Adjective Most pines are evergreen trees.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although azaleas are evergreen, individual leaves do not live forever. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Wait for spring to move crotons; azalea leaf drop is normal; and more garden advice from Dan Gill," 12 Jan. 2021 So, leaves turning yellow in evergreen trees and shrubs can occur due to a wide variety of issues. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Even on evergreens, it's natural for leaves to yellow and drop. Here's how to tell if it's a problerm," 27 Jan. 2021 If there are any kind of evergreen trees, take note of them. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Right Now is The Best Time to Be a Public-Land Small-Game Hunter," 12 Jan. 2021 Several species of evergreen trees are commonly harvested for Christmas trees, including Fraser fir, balsam fir, blue spruce, Scotch pine, and Norway spruce. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 The main concern is about evergreen plants that retain their leaves over the winter. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Even on evergreens, it's natural for leaves to yellow and drop. Here's how to tell if it's a problerm," 27 Jan. 2021 Fern species include cinnamon, royal and the evergreen Christmas fern. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Go native with seeds, plants and trees from the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District," 13 Jan. 2021 This evergreen shrub in the willow family is hardy from zones 8-10. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants all from England this week," 11 Jan. 2021 Many species are evergreen with flowers that appear as clusters or along stem tips. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Are Daphne Plants, and How Do You Care for Them?," 10 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Place evergreen content in static pages to inform about you and your capabilities. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Ways To Develop A Customer-Centric Content Strategy," 25 Feb. 2021 Pinnock cited the eight-year evergreen clause in the city’s contract with SAPOA (which was 10 years prior to the 2016 agreement) as an impediment to good-faith bargaining from the police union. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Podcast: Fix SAPD rails against 'tilted' collective-bargaining process," 2 Feb. 2021 Red cedars, which are in the juniper family, are the most common northern Illinois evergreen. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Lake County’s aromatic evergreens beckon in winter," 24 Dec. 2020 The hops become more of an accent that brackets the malt in a woodsy, evergreen-like way. Lou Bustamante, SFChronicle.com, "Is there such a thing as a California-style whiskey? Finally, the answer is yes," 17 Dec. 2020 The ornaments on the fake evergreen were sent in from all over the country and Tittl plans to donate extra ornaments to nursing homes in his district, according to Channel 3000. Julia Musto, Fox News, "GOP lawmakers' second Christmas tree vanishes from Wisconsin Capitol," 17 Dec. 2020 Some smaller Christmas tree farms in the state have ended their seasons or will shut down this weekend as more people seek the traditional cheer of a fresh-cut evergreen at the close of a dismal year. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Christmas tree sales in Connecticut lit up this year as many, stuck at home, turn to live trees for cheer," 12 Dec. 2020 Dark green needles on its dense branches add lots of interest to this small, compact evergreen. oregonlive, "This Christmas, it’s all about the trees, whether fresh, potted or artificial: The Pecks," 3 Dec. 2020 In 2019, Al seemingly surrendered and tipped his hat to the evergreen once its lights were turned on. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Al Roker and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Have Reignited Their Twitter Feud," 2 Dec. 2020

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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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

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: 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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