ver·​dure ˈvər-jər How to pronounce verdure (audio)
 also  -dyər
: the greenness of growing vegetation
also : such vegetation itself
: a condition of health and vigor
ˈver-jə-rəs How to pronounce verdure (audio)

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The Mult-Lingual Verdure

English speakers have had the use of the word verdure since the 14th century, when it made its way into Middle English from Anglo-French. Like the more common verdant, the word traces back to Latin virēre, meaning "to be green." Since the early 16th century, verdure has also been used to refer to a kind of tapestry with a design based on plant forms. The verdure that English speakers sometimes encounter on menus is Italian; in that language verdure refers to green vegetables or to vegetables in general (as in "fettuccine con verdure").

Examples of verdure in a Sentence

a good time to tour the wine country is when it is clothed with the verdure of midsummer a portrait of a fresh-faced teenage girl in all of her youthful verdure and irrepressible joie de vivre
Recent Examples on the Web The interiors, conceived in part by the design studio Roman and Williams, are colorful and inviting, layered with verdure tapestries and antique furniture upholstered in offbeat jewel-toned textiles. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Menu highlights: Crocchette, focaccia di recco, tortelloni tartufo, campanelle verdure, burratella pizza, peppino pizza, semifreddo. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2023 But no matter how heated things got at home because of her rebelliousness, one dish was always a unifier: her mother’s minestra di verdure. Rooksana Hossenally, Saveur, 12 July 2023 Before our trip to the distillery, Omar and I had been in the tiny Oaxacan village of Santo Tomás Jalieza, a place of large-leaved verdure, corrugated steel fencing and tropical lanes of red earth, with puddles that reflected the vacant intensity of the Mexican sky. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 AudioLust & HigherLove writing sessions were hosted at two residential recording studios in the U.K.: Decoy Residential, set in the verdure of the Suffolk countryside, and Angelic Recording Studio, perched on a rural hill 90 minutes outside of London. Rachel Narozniak, Billboard, 26 Jan. 2023 While tourists have returned in full force to Paris, with crowds thronging the major monuments in the city center, Bagatelle offers intriguing heritage, a chateau born of a bet with Marie Antoinette, and 59 acres of verdure about five miles from the Notre-Dame cathedral. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 In contrast is the almost hallucinatory verdure of the grounds outdoors, the world of the gamekeeper (Jack O’Connell) with whom the Lady forges a passionate affair. Maria Neuman, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 Brussels sprouts make the delicious verdure pizza look like Christmas. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021

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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from verd "green" + -ure -ure — more at verdant

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of verdure was in the 14th century


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“Verdure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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ver·​dure ˈvər-jər How to pronounce verdure (audio)
: green vegetation
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