vernal

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adjective ver·nal \ˈvər-nəl\

Definition of vernal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or occurring in the spring vernal equinox vernal sunshine

  2. 2 :  fresh or new like the spring; also :  youthful

vernally

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Examples of vernal in a Sentence

  1. trees and flowers in vernal bloom

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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.'"

Origin and Etymology of vernal

borrowed from Latin vernālis, from vernus “of spring” (adjective derivative from the base of vēr “spring,” going back to Indo-European *u̯es-r-, *u̯es-n-, whence Old Norse vár “spring,” Greek éar, Old Church Slavic vesna, Sanskrit vasanta-) + -ālis 1-al


VERNAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of vernal for English Language Learners

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


VERNAL Defined for Kids

vernal

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adjective ver·nal \ˈvər-nəl\

Definition of vernal for Students

  1. :  marking the beginning of spring the vernal equinox


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