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[med-oh] /ˈmɛd oʊ/
a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.
Origin of meadow
before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte
Related forms
meadowless, adjective
meadowy, adjective
1. green, range, field. Unabridged
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  • Here were no meadowy margins; but the shores were steep and thick-wooded to the water's edge.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I feel it, I hear its smothered ripple, not meant for hearing, and I smell its meadowy fragrance.

  • Brown streams careered down the long, meadowy hollow on his left, wherein many Hessian soldiers lay buried.

    The Story Of Kennett Bayard Taylor
  • Sweet winds blew from the sunny lake beside her, and small waves sputtered on the meadowy shore.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for meadowy


an area of grassland, often used for hay or for grazing of animals
a low-lying piece of grassland, often boggy and near a river
Derived Forms
meadowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mædwe, from mǣdmead²; related to māwan to mow1
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Word Origin and History for meadowy

1590s, from meadow + -y (2).



Old English mædwe "meadow, pasture," originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay;" oblique case of mæd (see mead (n.2)).

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