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

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As soon as the Mountain Fire started, Cal Fire, the Forest Service and local fire agencies leaped into action, sending more than 500 firefighters to the blaze in meadows, rural subdivisions and oak woodlands. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years," 23 Aug. 2019 Tehama isn't offering turnkey homes but rather land (on a mix of open meadows, hillsides and forested areas); seven of the final 30 lots are for sale and range in price from $1.5 million to $6.3 million. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Clint Eastwood Unveils Carmel Haven for Nature-Lovers: "It's Really Come Out the Way I Wanted"," 23 Aug. 2019 Doris Weiserova, one year younger, sketched butterflies fluttering through a flowery meadow. The Economist, "Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe," 22 Aug. 2019 Hike past forest, meadows, and marsh at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (127 Combs Road, 413-584-3009, Lauren Daley,, "Marijuana getaways in Massachusetts: Where to buy pot and stay the weekend," 20 Aug. 2019 Now consider that these hubs were once hinterland, mere fringes of an expanse rich in conifer forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands, all of it teeming with game. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 The village train station (1910) is the terminus for the historic Grand Canyon Railway, a scenic passenger line that runs 64 miles (102.9 km) through the pine forest and meadows of the Coconino Plateau between the South Rim and Williams, Arizona. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Canyon National Park," 15 Mar. 2019 Later, ride on horseback through meadows and across creeks, or hop aboard for a hayride that ends with a chuck wagon dinner. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 The track chair program takes guests on a 1.5 mile loop on the Bay View Trail, which goes through a meadow, past some historic farms and up a bluff to an overlook of Lake Michigan. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A sweet safety idea, a rockin' children's book and some great goat news," 13 July 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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