verdant

adjective
ver·​dant | \ ˈvər-dᵊnt How to pronounce verdant (audio) \

Definition of verdant

1a : green in tint or color
b : green with growing plants verdant fields
2 : unripe in experience or judgment : green sense 9a

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Other Words from verdant

verdancy \ ˈvər-​dᵊn(t)-​sē How to pronounce verdancy (audio) \ noun
verdantly \ ˈvər-​dᵊnt-​lē How to pronounce verdantly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for verdant

Synonyms

green, grown, leafy, lush, luxuriant, overgrown

Antonyms

barren, leafless

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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."

Examples of verdant in a Sentence

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The crowd filled the jungly dining room, verdant with greenery and a rotating disco ball, and sat down for a meal of Mexican-ish fare; consulting chef Mads Refslund perfectly revised authentic Mexican recipes to fit Manhattan’s cravings. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Welcome to the Jungle: Fashion Week Comes to an End With a Gitano Dance Party," 14 Feb. 2019 And no visit to Thailand would be complete without a stop at the market; there’s a small one on the verdant isle where trinkets and textiles are plentiful. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Skip Phuket and Koh Samui—Go to This Island in Thailand Instead," 23 May 2019 Out back, palm trees and verdant landscaping surround a brick patio and a swimming pool with a diving board. Jack Flemming, The Seattle Times, "After price drop, Dennis Quaid sells romantic Palisades retreat," 29 Mar. 2019 Since the 18th century, explorers have noted strange verdant outliers at the bottom of the world. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Green Icebergs Could Be Secretly Feeding All Ocean Life," 7 Mar. 2019 The restaurant doubles as a florist, and the tables were verdant with herb pots as centerpieces. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Today, his Poway, Calif., home overlooks dry, dead grass in place of a once-verdant fairway. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Golf-Home Owners Find Themselves in a Hole," 10 Jan. 2019 When super-concentrated, these green neutrophils can make your mucus appear straight-up verdant. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If You Have Yellow Mucus," 15 Mar. 2019 But now, a new study in Nature Astronomy suggests that with current technology, transforming the Red Planet into a verdant oasis would actually be impossible. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of verdant

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for verdant

contracted from Middle French verdoyant, from present participle of verdoyer "to be green, turn green," going back to Old French verdoier, from verd, vert "green" (going back to Latin viridis, from a base *wir-, whence virēre "to show green growth, be green" of uncertain origin) + -oier, factitive verb suffix, going back to Latin -idiāre, originally representing variant pronunciation (or spelling variant) of -izāre -ize

Note: Latin viridis and virēre have been linked to Lithuanian visti "to multiply, breed," veisti "to breed, rear," as well as to Old English wīse "sprout, stalk," Old High German wisa "meadow," though the semantic connections are vague enough to make this a very tenuous hypothesis.

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verdant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of verdant

literary : green with growing plants

verdant

adjective
ver·​dant | \ ˈvər-dᵊnt How to pronounce verdant (audio) \

Kids Definition of verdant

: green with growing plants a verdant landscape

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