[ ahr-dnt ]
See synonyms for: ardentardencyardently on

  1. having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow;ardent love.

  2. intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer;an ardent student of French history.

  1. fiercely bright; glowing like fire: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.

  2. Archaic or Literary. burning, fiery, or hot: the ardent core of a star.

Origin of ardent

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin ārdent- (stem of ārdēns, present participle of ārdēre “to burn”), equivalent to ārd- “burn” + -ent- noun and adjective suffix (see -ent), replacing Middle English ardant, from Middle French

Other words for ardent

Other words from ardent

  • ar·dent·ly, adverb
  • ar·den·cy [ahr-dn-see], /ˈɑr dn si/, ar·dent·ness, noun

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How to use ardent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ardent


/ (ˈɑːdənt) /

  1. expressive of or characterized by intense desire or emotion; passionate: ardent love

  2. intensely enthusiastic; eager: an ardent longing

  1. glowing, flashing, or shining: ardent eyes

  2. rare burning: an ardent fever

Origin of ardent

C14: from Latin ārdēre to burn

Derived forms of ardent

  • ardency, noun
  • ardently, adverb

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