- of, relating to, or inhabiting the woods.
- consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody: a shady, sylvan glade.
- made of trees, branches, boughs, etc.
- a person dwelling in a woodland region.
- a mythical deity or spirit of the woods.
Origin of sylvan
Examples from the Web for sylvan
But now the scene is changed: Peace crowns the sylvan shade.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone
Yet without this self-knowledge there may be a sylvan strength and integrity in that which he is.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dearer than all these to me,” he says about our other valleys, “is sylvan Tweed.Angling Sketches
The palms surpass in number and variety all their sylvan brethren.The Western World
At least not new and not unaccustomed, but new and unaccustomed there, in this sylvan retreat.
- of, characteristic of, or consisting of woods or forests
- living or located in woods or forests
- idyllically rural or rustic
- an inhabitant of the woods, esp a spirit
Word Origin and History for sylvan
"of the woods," 1570s; earlier as a noun (1560s), "deity of the woods," from Middle French sylvain, from Latin silvanus "pertaining to wood or forest" (originally only in silvanae "goddesses of the woods"), from silva "wood, forest, grove," of unknown origin. Silvanus was used by the Romans as the proper name of a god of woods and fields, identified with Pan. Spelling with -y- influenced by Greek hyle "forest," from which the Latin word was supposed to derive.