ev·​er·​last·​ing | \ ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce everlasting (audio) \

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

Other Words from everlasting


everlastingly \ ˌe-​vər-​ˈla-​stiŋ-​lē How to pronounce everlasting (audio) \ adverb
everlastingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for everlasting

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of everlasting in a Sentence

Adjective To his everlasting credit, he never once gave in to temptation. valentines typically express the giver's everlasting love and devotion Noun 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 Doing good together creates everlasting memories and strong relationships. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2021 And the more honorable its wielder is, the duller the blade becomes and the more its promise of everlasting life fades. Richard Newby, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2021 Spirituals seemed to allow white listeners to empathize broadly with the plight of Black America—to view it as a sepia-toned landscape of everlasting sorrow. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2021 Their tale, in her hands, doesn’t examine Marvel’s typical themes, such as the burden of being powerful; instead, it’s about the nature of everlasting bonds. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 25 Oct. 2021 There will be many more nights like this for Curry, to the everlasting benefit of fans around the world. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Oct. 2021 Finally, everlasting love is found in Winston Eternity. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 While many know Aretha as the everlasting Queen of Soul, little is known about her personal journey into adulthood and superstardom. Talia Smith, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Aug. 2021 But the metrics that mean the most to me are the countless experiences and everlasting relationships that the game provided me. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 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, 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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23 Nov 2021

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“Everlasting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everlasting. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of everlasting

: lasting forever


ev·​er·​last·​ing | \ ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce everlasting (audio) \

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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