vernal

adjective
ver·​nal | \ ˈvər-nᵊl How to pronounce vernal (audio) \

Definition of vernal

1 : of, relating to, or occurring in the spring vernal equinox vernal sunshine
2 : fresh or new like the spring also : youthful

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Other Words from vernal

vernally \ ˈvər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce vernally (audio) \ adverb

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If you want to sound sophisticated this spring, you can do what various learned individuals have done since the 16th century and refer to the spring equinox as the vernal equinox. You might also alter a classic rhyme to chant "Vernal showers bring May flowers." Or if you really want to wax poetic, you could compliment your lass's vernal grace or your beau's vernal charm. If you do, and your sweetheart asks where such a word comes from, you can further impress by saying, "'Vernal,' my dear, comes from the Latin 'vernalis,' which is derived from the Latin word for spring, 'ver.'"

Examples of vernal in a Sentence

trees and flowers in vernal bloom
Recent Examples on the Web Up to now, Stearns has consisted mostly of a dirt path winding through a floodplain forest, near a vernal pool and a small marsh and alongside the south branch of the Doan Brook, providing vast environmental and outdoor education opportunities. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Stearns Trail at Shaker Lakes Nature Center closed until fall for latest upgrade in capital campaign," 25 May 2020 Easter is held on the first Sunday after the Paschal moon or the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Archdiocese to air Holy Week liturgies, what to know about (virtual) Easter in Louisville," 6 Apr. 2020 Easter is held on the first Sunday after the Paschal moon or the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Archdiocese to air Holy Week liturgies, what to know about (virtual) Easter in Louisville," 6 Apr. 2020 Auroras tend to be most visible during the autumn and vernal equinoxes. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A stunning aurora light show turned the sky green for some Australians stuck at home," 21 Apr. 2020 Easter is held on the first Sunday after the Paschal moon or the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Archdiocese to air Holy Week liturgies, what to know about (virtual) Easter in Louisville," 6 Apr. 2020 Easter is held on the first Sunday after the Paschal moon or the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Archdiocese to air Holy Week liturgies, what to know about (virtual) Easter in Louisville," 6 Apr. 2020 Millions of individuals worldwide gather with family to mark the vernal equinox, which Uyghurs consider their New Year. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "One American Uyghur’s vow: ‘I should’ve gone public a long time ago.’," 1 Apr. 2020 In fact, the vernal equinox, which marks the official beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, is arriving on Thursday. Fox News, "Vernal equinox brings earliest spring to US in 124 years," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of vernal

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vernal

borrowed from Latin vernālis, from vernus "of spring" (going back to pre-Latin *u̯esri-no-, adjective derivative from the base of Latin vēr "spring") + -ālis -al entry 1; vēr "spring," going back to Indo-European *u̯ḗs-r̥-, *u̯es-n̥-s, whence also Old Norse vár "spring," Old Frisian wars, wērs, Welsh gwanwyn (Old Welsh guiannuin, from British Celtic *u̯esantēno-), Middle Irish errach (probably from *u̯esrāko-, with generalization of the lenited initial consonant), Old Church Slavic vesna, Russian vesná, Lithuanian vãsara "summer," Greek éar "spring" (from *u̯ehar, from *u̯esr̥), Armenian garun (gar- from *gehar-, from *u̯esr̥- + a suffix), Sanskrit vasantá-, Avestan vaŋri (locative) "in the spring"

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“Vernal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vernal. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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vernal

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English Language Learners Definition of vernal

formal : of, relating to, or occurring in the spring

vernal

adjective
ver·​nal | \ ˈvər-nᵊl How to pronounce vernal (audio) \

Kids Definition of vernal

: marking the beginning of spring the vernal equinox

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