ˈpä-mē How to pronounce palmy (audio)
ˈpȯl- How to pronounce palmy (audio)
palmier; palmiest
: marked by prosperity : flourishing
the palmy days of the British drama Oscar Wilde
: abounding in or bearing palms

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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, William Shakespeare would employ palmy as a synonym for triumphant or flourishing in the tragedy Hamlet when the character Horatio speaks of the "palmy state of Rome / A little ere the mightiest Julius fell."

Example Sentences

they knew her in her palmy days when she was living high a palmy suburb with lots of new homes and shopping malls
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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of palmy was in 1604


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“Palmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

palmier; palmiest
: having palms
a palmy beach
: marked by success : prosperous
a palmy community
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