trop·​i·​cal | \ for sense 1 ˈträ-pi-kəl , for sense 2 ˈtrō- also ˈträ-\

Definition of tropical

1a : of, relating to, occurring in, or suitable for use in the tropics tropical forests a tropical disease
b : of, being, or characteristic of a region or climate that is frost-free with temperatures high enough to support year-round plant growth given sufficient moisture tropical Florida
2 [ Latin tropicus, from Greek tropikos, from tropos trope ] : figurative sense 2

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tropically \ ˈträ-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē , ˈtrō-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for tropical


equatorial, low



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Examples of tropical in a Sentence

wanted to escape winter and visit some tropical location where freezing to death would not be a possibility an author given to high-flown tropical phrasings and convoluted symbology

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In a new video post, Teigen is seen posing for a picture while on a tropical vacation with Legend and their two children, 2-year-old Luna and 7-month-old Miles. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "John Legend Proves He’s an Expert Instagram Husband," 5 Jan. 2019 No need to dig up your passport — tropical beaches and cultural riches abound just across the ocean from the West Coast. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 And a smoked piña colada was an unexpected tropical vacation. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Love or something like it at Texas 46 BBQ," 31 May 2018 Bogota, the capital and largest city, accounts for almost 50% of Colombia’s tourism, followed by the coastal city of Cartagena, with its tropical beaches and picturesque historic district. Christina Austin, Fortune, "Why You Should Care About Colombia's Presidential Election This Weekend," 24 May 2018 Ashbery hasn’t forgotten Superman, either: The iconic cover of Action Comics #1 has been transplanted to a tropical beach beneath palm trees. Michael Robbins,, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 May 2018 Images of people using their laptop on tropical beaches have a strong appeal for many office dwellers. Dorothy Mitchell, USA TODAY, "4 Considerations For Traveling Freelancers," 12 Mar. 2018 Richie, 19, posted a picture Monday of her hugging the 34-year-old father of three on a nice tropical beach while vacationing in Mexico. Leanna Commins, Cosmopolitan, "Did Sofia Richie Just Make It Instagram-Official With Scott Disick?," 3 Oct. 2017 In September, a tropical depression that formed in the Gulf of California caused widespread flooding in the northern part of Sinaloa. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico Deals With Storm Damage as Willa Weakens," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tropical

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of tropical

: of, relating to, occurring in, or used in the tropics


trop·​i·​cal | \ ˈträ-pi-kəl \

Kids Definition of tropical

: of or occurring in the tropics tropical fruit a tropical island

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