- (of trees, shrubs, etc.) having green leaves throughout the entire year, the leaves of the past season not being shed until after the new foliage has been completely formed.
- retaining its relevance, popularity, usefulness, etc.; enduring: Some toys are evergreen favorites.
- Law. (of a contract or contract clause) specifying automatic renewal at the end of the term.
- an evergreen plant.
- evergreens, evergreen twigs or branches used for decoration.
- something that is evergreen, or enduringly fresh: The paper publishes decorating tips or other archived evergreens on slow news days.
Origin of evergreen
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Examples from the Web for evergreen
In Europe, of course, memories of the Great War are evergreen.Wounds of World War I Have Yet to Heal
Michael F. Bishop
June 28, 2014
Is the Evergreen state—and those that may follow—ready for the green light?The U.N.’s Half-Baked Weed Protest
March 6, 2014
But despite millions in state funding and tax breaks, Evergreen shipped the bulk of its operations to China.The Other Solar Failure
October 22, 2011
Often compared to Diane Von Furstenberg, it is regarded as an “evergreen” brand, and one largely unfazed by passing trends.Kate Middleton’s Favorite Label Bought
August 1, 2011
The president said that a BP “evergreen” escrow would be set up for claims and will be managed by a third party.How It Played in the Gulf
June 16, 2010
He advanced a step toward her, disengaging himself from the evergreen.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
At the entrance to the town an evergreen arch had been erected.The Manxman
The evergreen itself, however, seems to know no season but spring.
Evergreen shrubs with alternate, entire, thick, smooth leaves.Trees of the Northern United States
Austin C. Apgar
At the foot of the hill, Sir, where you saw the clump of evergreen oaks.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
- (of certain trees and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year; continually shedding and replacing leavesCompare deciduous
- remaining fresh and vital
- an evergreen tree or shrub
Word Origin and History for evergreen
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having green leaves or needles all year. Evergreen trees lose their leaves individually on an ongoing basis, rather than losing all of them in a short period at the end of a growing season in the manner of deciduous trees. Compare deciduous.
- An evergreen tree, shrub, or plant, such as the pine, holly, or rhododendron.
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