noun, often attributive
mead·​ow | \ ˈme-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce meadow (audio) \

Definition of meadow

: land that is covered or mostly covered with grass wildflowers blooming in the meadow especially : a tract of moist low-lying usually level grassland

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Other Words from meadow

meadowy \ ˈme-​də-​wē How to pronounce meadowy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of meadow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bright sunlight filters down through the clear Mediterranean waters off the coast of Spain, illuminating a lush meadow just below the surface. Shane Gross; Text By Katherine Harmon Courage, Smithsonian Magazine, "Prairies of the Sea," 18 Nov. 2020 The expanse of this pristine meadow is a reminder there are places in wilderness that COVID-19 can’t seem to touch. Tom Stienstra,, "The case for visiting Lassen, California’s first national park to fully reopen during coronavirus," 24 June 2020 Her research — and the coming murals — is focused on Yellowstone’s lodgepole pine forests, which are projected to burn more frequently, leaving vistas more open and meadow-filled. Mike Koshmrl,, "Study: Climate change could interrupt Yellowstone geysers," 26 Oct. 2020 Textures and color are subtly enhanced in this meadow. James S. Russell, New York Times, "Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf," 22 Oct. 2020 Unofficial trails wind through the small meadow, some passing close enough to the golden trees to touch them. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hunting Cedarburg Bog for tamaracks, Wisconsin's only coniferous tree that changes colors in the fall," 29 Oct. 2020 Even when its 22 rooms are full, Kenoza's spread of woods, lake, lawn, and ample meadow average out to more than an acre per guest. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Inns Are Redefining the Catskills," 29 Sep. 2020 When dawn came, Lizabeta went out to the meadow to wait for the brave men of the village to arrive with their swords and shields. Ew Staff,, "Read an excerpt from Leigh Bardugo's short story collection, The Lives of Saints," 2 Oct. 2020 His most conspicuous mistake was in trying to plant and establish a one-acre meadow. Washington Post, "How Dan Hinkley distilled a lifetime of gardening lessons into a paradise named Windcliff," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of meadow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meadow

Middle English medwe, medowe "grassland kept for hay, pasture field," going back to Old English mǣdwe, oblique singular case form of mǣd, going back to West Germanic *mēdwō- (whence also Old Frisian mēde "pasture, meadow," Middle Dutch māde, mēde), noun derivative from the verbal base *mē- "reap, mow" — more at mow entry 2

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The first known use of meadow was before the 12th century

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30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Meadow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of meadow

: a usually flat area of land that is covered with tall grass


mead·​ow | \ ˈme-dō How to pronounce meadow (audio) \

Kids Definition of meadow

: usually moist and low grassland

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