noun, often attributive
mead·​ow | \ ˈme-(ˌ)dō \

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 \ adjective

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The timetable begins at 5:45 a.m. with a choice of hikes, ranging from two-mile meadow walks to five-mile mountain conquests with names like Red-Tail Hawk and Blue Jay. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 In general, seagrass meadows hold around 15 percent of the ocean's carbon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Barrier Reef's Seagrass Is an Amazing Carbon Sink," 18 Dec. 2018 Political promises are given and back-meadow deals are struck. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Root is a terrific—and fully asymmetric—woodland wargame," 29 Sep. 2018 The fire has burned about 75 square miles (194 square kilometers) of mountainous pine forest and open meadows. Fox News, "The Latest: More winds after Wyoming fire burns more homes," 24 Sep. 2018 The goats’ new enclosure features a 200-foot hill, several lakes, meadows and a marshy area, Heinzman said. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘Cute little cotton-ball herd’: Orphaned mountain goat kids released at wildlife park," 13 Nov. 2018 The trail Matheny got lost on is a short walk through meadows and tall fir trees to Blue Lake, according to the Washington Trails Association, where hikers can access other trails and ridges that lead to views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Hiker lost on Mount St. Helens survived by eating bees and berries: reports," 16 Aug. 2018 Coneflowers are naturals for the meadow or prairie garden, where their showy blooms add welcome color. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "A Quick Guide to Growing Stunning Black-Eyed Susans and Coneflowers," 29 May 2018 One day, while Thomas is busy with a visitor, Piggy ventures away from their house and into a wide meadow. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Budding Minds in a Green World," 11 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of meadow

: usually moist and low grassland

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