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

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Giant sequoia groves and alpine meadows soften all the hard stuff. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 By Jon Lee Anderson The adolescents she photographs are messy-haired and free and lovely, smoking, hanging out in meadows or in parking lots, in forests or in playgrounds, enacting their own mysterious routines. William Brewer, The New Yorker, "Strays," 9 July 2017 Geese have also been enjoying the gardens and a new flower meadow will be installed later this week to provide extra forage for bees and other pollinator insects. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 2019 The lake cores contain less forest pollen and more from grasses and flowering meadow plants, mixed with the spores of fungi that thrive on cattle dung. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 Here trails pass through the meadow portion of the park. Peter Marteka,, "Five Spots To Take Your Dog Hiking," 18 May 2018 The 3,645-square-foot house features long horizontal lines and floor-to-ceiling windows facing an open meadow and trees. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern on 135 acres asks $1.2M," 29 Nov. 2018 Hikers looking for a longer route can follow the a 0.75-mile connector path to the South Wind Loop, a 2.3-mile loop that crosses a meadow and meanders into the woods. Sarah Meehan, Howard County Times, "Howard County's best paths for spring hikes and bikes," 3 May 2018 Alice Neel died of colon cancer in 1984 and is buried in a meadow on the farm in Stowe, Vermont, where her younger son, Hartley, and his wife, Ginny, live. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019

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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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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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