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

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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

Recent Examples on the Web Barely cooked California spot prawns lolling about in a verdant green spring gazpacho was delicious on its own but transcendent alongside a salty, floral albariño from Monterey, California. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "The Wine Pairing That Changed the Way I Think About Wine Pairings," 3 Jan. 2020 The lovely setting, with a verdant sculpture garden, is a bonus. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "French Riviera: Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and more stunning museums bring cultural richness," 24 Dec. 2019 The blueprint, which is sold by TVfloorplans, features four bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath, a kitchen, a sun room, a two-car garage, a lanai, and verdant landscaping. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy a Blueprint of the Golden Girls House," 20 Dec. 2019 Its lush, verdant lawns, deliberately overgrown, are two googly eyes short of a Jim Henson character. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Floating Utopia of Salesforce Park," 11 Dec. 2019 Gumelemi Bluff Harbour Estate is lucky to be swathed in verdant palms and ferns, but if your beach house isn’t located in an equatorial climate, vibrant potted plants and evergreens will also do the trick. Jennifer Fernandez, ELLE Decor, "5 Ways to Transform Any Beach House into a Serene Tropical Oasis," 27 Nov. 2019 At Banda Neira, in the Spice Islands, once rare nutmeg trees dot a verdant idyll that lured Dutch traders in the 1600s. National Geographic, "Three by sea: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019 Explore Table Mountain and the verdant winelands, richly complemented by Dutch colonial architecture. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "This $7,395 Travel Package Lets You Recreate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Tour of Africa," 9 Nov. 2019 Adler added plants and cascading vines around the walls to make the nook into even more of a verdant refuge. Los Angeles Times, "What’s missing at vegan Nic’s on Beverly? Creative, exciting cooking," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of verdant was in 1581

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Verdant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of verdant

literary : green with growing plants


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

Kids Definition of verdant

: green with growing plants a verdant landscape

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