mead·​ow ˈme-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce meadow (audio)
often attributive
: land that is covered or mostly covered with grass
wildflowers blooming in the meadow
especially : a tract of moist low-lying usually level grassland
meadowy adjective

Examples of meadow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The easy single-track meanders for a half-mile through wildflower meadows and mixed conifer woodlands before bumping into the Big Bang Trail, the turnaround point for this exploratory trip. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 The route from Todd Lake starts out in shady pine forest before crossing through wide open alpine meadows and over sparkling clear creeks. Haley Nelson | , oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 Magee Homestead Nestled among sagebrush and meadows in Saratoga, Wyoming, this authentic dude ranch offers rejuvenating experiences for the body and soul and plenty of outdoor adventure. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 In addition, roundworms equally inhabited the meadow and the lawn. Jesse Greenspan, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2023 San Carlos's lands range from alpine meadows and grassland to desert. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 6 Sep. 2023 Situated on 37,000 pristine acres of mountains, rivers, and meadows, the cabins are a subsection of Paws Up that blends rustic charm with modern touches for undisturbed, adults-only romance. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 The gardens, about 200 acres of rolling meadows, brimming gardens and winding paths, is usually packed with visitors but has closed during the search for the escaped inmate, WFMZ reported. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 Courtesy image The 3-acre property's meadows abut farmland; Grover, Colorado is five minutes by car and Cheyenne, Wyoming is half an hour. The Week Staff, The Week, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Meadow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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mead·​ow ˈmed-ō How to pronounce meadow (audio)
: an area of moist low usually level grassland
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