palmy

adjective \ ˈpä-mē , ˈpäl- , ˈpȯ- , ˈpȯl- \

Definition of palmy

palmier; palmiest
1 : marked by prosperity : flourishing
  • the palmy days of the British drama
  • —Oscar Wilde
2 : abounding in or bearing palms

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Examples of palmy in a Sentence

  1. they knew her in her palmy days when she was living high

  2. a palmy suburb with lots of new homes and shopping malls

Did You Know?

The palm branch has traditionally been used as a symbol of victory. It is no wonder then that the word palm came to mean "victory" or "triumph" in the late 14th century, thanks to the likes of Geoffrey Chaucer. Centuries later, Shakespeare would employ "palm" to create a new synonym for "triumphant" or "flourishing." His coinage is found in the tragedy Hamlet when the character Horatio speaks of the "palmy state of Rome / A little ere the mightiest Julius fell."

First Known Use of palmy

1604

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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