Definition of sylvan
: one that frequents groves or woods
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First Known Use of sylvan
Definition of sylvan
1a : living or located in the woods or forestb : of, relating to, or characteristic of the woods or forest
2a : made, shaped, or formed of woods or treesb : abounding in woods, groves, or trees : wooded
Recent Examples of sylvan from the Web
Liberals, on the other hand, see a capitalist horror show, where the rich dwell in gilded mansions, ensconced in sylvan culs-de-sac, while nearby towns face rising poverty and bankruptcy.
Steel and concrete fade into sylvan trails that wind past lakes and waterfalls, all of it not too far from the cavernous and efficient airport, part of a renowned transport network of subways, buses, trams and ferries.
Steel and concrete fade into sylvan trails that wind past lakes and waterfalls, all of it not too far from the city’s cavernous and efficient airport, part of a renowned transport network of subways, buses, trams and ferries.
The trees line up smartly in front of a condo and commercial complex that once was a railroad freight storage facility, providing shade and a welcome sylvan note along a busy thoroughfare near Union Depot.
Also in 2015, Royal Oak officials complained bitterly that DTE Energy foresters were despoiling their city’s sylvan heritage, a leafy legacy enshrined in the town's very name.
Thankfully, a pig’s-blood pancake was heavy enough not to merit an additional bloodbath, but a birch-wood ice cream took its sylvan motif to extremes, studded with mushrooms that were variously candied, dehydrated, or meringued.
The film’s title refers to the densely forested part of Belgium where the Battle of the Bulge was fought in World War II, and the plot swerves from the unspecified Flemish city where Dave, Kenny and Sylvie live toward that savage sylvan landscape.
Most of Google’s conference rooms have videochat monitors, which when idle display extremely high-resolution oversaturated public Google+ photos of a sylvan dreamscape or the northern lights or the Reichstag.
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See The Forest And the Trees With sylva
In Latin, sylva means "wood" or "forest," and the related Sylvanus is the name of the Roman god of the woods and fields—a god sometimes identified with the Greek god Pan. These words gave rise to English sylvan in the 16th century. The English word was first used as a noun meaning "a mythological deity of the woods," eventually taking on the broader meaning "one who frequents the woods." The adjective sylvan followed soon after the noun and is now the more common word. Some other offspring of sylva (which can also be spelled silva) include silviculture ("a branch of forestry dealing with the development and care of forests"), sylvatic (a synonym of sylvan that can also mean "occurring in or affecting wild animals"), and the first name Sylvia.
Origin and Etymology of sylvan
Medieval Latin silvanus, sylvanus, from Latin silva, sylva wood
First Known Use: circa 1583See Words from the same year
SYLVAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sylvan for English Language Learners
: having a lot of woods or trees
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