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

Other Words from meadow

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

Examples of meadow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a short climb from the creek to a meadow lined with mesquite and saguaro, framed by a dramatic backdrop of mountain vistas. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2022 Then one day Bambi and Faline spot a deer making its way across an open meadow with reckless nonchalance, as if oblivious to any possible peril. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 Much of the formal lawn has been given over to wildflower meadow, and no pesticides have been used now for several years. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 15 Dec. 2021 Encouraged that eelgrass might once again grow here, the VIMS team turned to a robust meadow of Chesapeake Bay eelgrass and picked flowering shoots. Louise Schiavone, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 But opponents argue that UC has not adequately examined the impact on traffic, for instance, or the natural environment, such as an iconic meadow at Santa Cruz. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Thirteen double-height windows allow the eye to travel from the meadow up to the sky. Yelena Moroz Alpert, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 In the Atlantic Ocean, off Virginia’s southern coast, a meadow of underwater grass has been inching along for roughly 25 years. Louise Schiavone, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 This gentle stream of air ensures no new growth of germs, and keeps your room smelling as fresh as a Swiss meadow. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 26 Nov. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Meadow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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