verdant

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adjective ver·dant \ˈvər-dənt\

Definition of verdant

  1. 1 a :  green in tint or color b :  green with growing plants <verdant fields>

  2. 2 :  unripe in experience or judgment :  green 9a, b

verdancy

play \-dən(t)-sē\ noun

verdantly

play \-dənt-lē\ adverb

Did You Know?

English speakers have been using "verdant" as a ripe synonym of "green" since the late 16th century, and as a descriptive term for inexperienced or naive people since the 1820s. (By contrast, the more experienced "green" has colored our language since well before the 12th century, and was first applied to inexperienced people in the 1540s.) "Verdant" is derived from the Old French word for "green," vert, which in turn is from Latin virērē, meaning "to be green." Today, "vert" is used in English as a word for green forest vegetation and the heraldic color green. Another descendant of "virere" is the adjective virescent, meaning "beginning to be green."

Origin and Etymology of verdant

modification of Middle French verdoyant, from present participle of verdoyer to be green, from Old French verdoier, from verd, vert green, from Latin viridis, from virēre to be green


First Known Use: 1581


VERDANT Defined for English Language Learners

verdant

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adjective ver·dant \ˈvər-dənt\

Definition of verdant for English Language Learners

  • : green with growing plants


VERDANT Defined for Kids

verdant

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adjective ver·dant \ˈvər-dənt\

Definition of verdant for Students

  1. :  green with growing plants <a verdant landscape>



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