ev·​er·​last·​ing | \ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ \

Definition of everlasting 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lasting or enduring through all time : eternal

2a(1) : continuing for a long time or indefinitely

(2) : having or being flowers or foliage that retain form or color for a long time when dried

b : tediously persistent the everlasting sympathy-seeker who demands attention— H. A. Overstreet

3 : wearing indefinitely everlasting twill pants



Definition of everlasting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : eternity from everlasting

2 capitalized : god sense 1 used with the

3a : any of several chiefly composite plants (such as cudweed) with flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color — compare pearly everlasting

b : the flower of an everlasting

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Other Words from everlasting


everlastingly \ˌe-​vər-​ˈla-​stiŋ-​lē \ adverb
everlastingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for everlasting

Synonyms: Adjective

ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, eternal, immortal, permanent, perpetual, undying, unending

Synonyms: Noun

eternity, foreverness, infinity, perpetuity

Antonyms: Adjective

impermanent, mortal, temporary, transient

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Examples of everlasting in a Sentence


To his everlasting credit, he never once gave in to temptation. valentines typically express the giver's everlasting love and devotion


that special bond that has existed between mother and child from everlasting people who believe that the magnificence of the natural world is proof of the existence of the Everlasting
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Motherhood tends to have an everlasting impact on you. Redbook, "Results of the Great Mom Debate: Do You Follow Child Tragedies Like the Caylee Anthony Case?," 29 June 2011 Both of them maintained distinctive takes on the everlasting piece, choosing finishing touches that spoke to their individual style codes. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Brigitte Macron and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Do the Black Dress Two Different Ways," 21 Nov. 2018 Once again Kevin Systrom goes onstage somewhere and is not forced to answer exactly what led to his departure at Instagram, to my everlasting torment. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 That runway show was a revisit of Lauren’s everlasting staples—classic prepster blazers, velvet column gowns, and polo shirts in fruit bowl colors. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Teams with British Skate Brand Palace," 22 Oct. 2018 That’s comparable to many of today’s more expensive campers (like this one or this one), but the Geographic also provides an everlasting—and priceless—dose of midcentury style. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Glamorous vintage camper is your midcentury dream home on wheels," 18 Oct. 2018 This ruling, along with the recent announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, could have everlasting political effects on the country. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Supreme Courts decision could affect Pennsylvania politics, two casinos open in Atlantic city | Morning Newsletter," 28 June 2018 Cortez, to his everlasting credit, kept snapping his camera at the bottom of the dogpile. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 It was made possible by executive order 9066, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt—to his everlasting shame. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Locking up Cubs legend Yosh Kawano also got Supreme Court OK," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Venus et Fleur Lé Mini rose in round box, $39, venusetfleur.com Impress the host with an (almost) everlasting rose. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Homey Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Make You the Star of Secret Santa," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of everlasting


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of everlasting

: lasting forever


ev·​er·​last·​ing | \ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ \

Kids Definition of everlasting

1 : lasting forever : eternal everlasting fame

2 : going on for a long time Stop that everlasting noise!

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