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



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


Most pines are evergreen trees.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fall is filled with beautiful leaves, branches and berries or try an evergreen centerpiece in the winter. 5. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "5 Flower Arranging Tips for a Stunning Fall Centerpiece," 8 Oct. 2013 The trail offers beautiful autumn surprises—evergreen trees covered in moss provide a contrasting background for the red splashes of vine maples and the yellow hues of big leaf maples, while mushrooms in many colors sprout from the ground. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 15 Best Places to Go Hiking in the Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 In Bethel, homes can span acres, apartment vacancies are hard to come by and mobile home parks hide behind clusters of evergreen trees lining the state highway. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "For homeless students in rural Washington, just getting to school is hard," 10 Sep. 2018 Don’t let your evergreens enter winter in dry soil. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Can lesser celandine be mulched away?," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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 \

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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