evergreen

adjective
ev·er·green | \ˈe-vər-ˌgrēn \

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

evergreen

noun

Definition of evergreen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an evergreen plant also : conifer

2 evergreens 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

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 Keep an eye out for the charming town of Mount Vernon (named for President George Washington’s final resting place in Virginia), tucked between the evergreen-forested San Juan Islands and the Cascade Mountains. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "See the coast, cities and mountain peaks on this trip of a lifetime to the Canadian Rockies," 9 July 2018 The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied the city’s request to hear its appeal in the lawsuit against the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association over its evergreen clause, handing yet another victory to the union. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "City to end fight over fire union contract after defeat in high court," 22 June 2018 As such, evergreen forests grow not only up through Europe, but all the way up to the arctic circle. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning," 29 May 2018 Undaunted, Melissa spent her weekends leading volunteers through dense evergreen forests. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Explains: Little Girl Vanishes Walking Home Alone at Night — and Is Found Dead Years Later," 11 May 2018 The tour will include Manuel Antonio National Park, where evergreen forests meet the beach. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Costa Rica family adventure designed for single parents and their kids," 7 Mar. 2018 What are some methods to improve this situation so that a small ornamental tree, evergreen shrubs, vines and perennials will be happy, faster? OregonLive.com, "How to clear soil choked with old roots: Ask an expert," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In front of evergreens, the 3- to 4-inch blooms pop even more. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: The first star magnolia to bloom in spring," 19 Apr. 2018 Mexican Elder Mexican elder, found in the American South, is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen tree that contains a natural form of cyanide. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "9 Kinds Of Wood That You Should Absolutely Never Burn," 16 Oct. 2017 The fireplace has a two-story stone facade and the wooden mantel was laser cut by an artist in Montana with an intricate scene of deer grazing among evergreens. Carol Riordan, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 59 Papermill Road, Glastonbury," 28 Dec. 2017 Exotic tropicals, local wildflowers, splashy annuals, staid evergreens, reliable perennials and structural shrubs can all coexist in chaos. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 Fisher and his wife Candi had bought the artificial evergreen when Fisher was the offensive coordinator at LSU. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 Acting fire chief John Caussin said the fire at the bank was caused by smoking materials that had been discarded in mulch around an evergreen. Washington Post, "Ruling: Two officers acted in self-defense," 3 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 Dollar for dollar and pound for pound, large evergreen trees make about the most impact in the winter landscape. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Evergreen trees are the perfect cure for a gray winter," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of evergreen

Adjective

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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evergreen

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of evergreen

: having leaves that remain green all year long

evergreen

noun
ev·er·green | \ˈe-vər-ˌgrēn \

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

evergreen

adjective

Kids Definition of evergreen (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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