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 \ -​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

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The group has data from the state that shows the vernal pool analysis was done too early in the season for reliable results. Denise Coffey,, "Thompson Residents Oppose Gravel Mining Operation," 24 June 2019 Cross Plaza del Amo from the Nature Center and enter the gates of the marsh park, a natural vernal wetland that has been allowed to return to its native state thanks to the persistent efforts of the nonprofit Friends of Madrona Marsh. Charles Fleming,, "L.A. Walks: The path to a vibrant marsh in Torrance’s industrial core," 14 June 2019 The backdrop is expansive gardens in full vernal splendor: 150 flowering cherry trees, alongside countless other flowers from daffodils to irises to 500,000 tulips. National Geographic, "Best places to see cherry blossoms in the U.S.," 1 Mar. 2019 Does the vernal equinox fall on the same day each year? Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "First day of spring arrives: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox," 20 Mar. 2018 This signals the beginning of spring (the vernal equinox) and fall (the autumnal equinox) each year. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About the Summer Solstice," 18 June 2019 The holiday coincides with the vernal equinox, which welcomes spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's How the Date of Easter Is Determined Each Year," 22 Feb. 2019 Citizen Science Coordinator Paula Coughlin led the first of her annual vernal pool trainings at the Audubon Center in Pomfret, on April 6 and 7. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Immersed In Life For Vernal Pool Training," 17 Apr. 2018 Today's vernal equinox marks the time when the sun crosses over the equator and the length of days and nights will be almost equal. Leigh Morgan,, "Spring equinox 2018: Winter is finally, officially, over," 20 Mar. 2018

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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" (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 -al entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of vernal

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


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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