[ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting]
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  1. lasting forever; eternal: everlasting future life.
  2. lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time: the everlasting hills.
  3. incessant; constantly recurring: He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.
  4. wearisome; tedious: She tired of his everlasting puns.
  1. eternal duration; eternity: What is the span of one life compared with the everlasting?
  2. the Everlasting, God.
  3. any of various plants that retain their shape or color when dried, as certain composite plants of the genera Helichrysum, Gnaphalium, and Helipterum.

Origin of everlasting

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ever, lasting
Related formsev·er·last·ing·ly, adverbev·er·last·ing·ness, nounqua·si-ev·er·last·ing, adjectivequa·si-ev·er·last·ing·ly, adverb

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1. See eternal.

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Contemporary Examples of everlasting

Historical Examples of everlasting

  • As the son of God I am from everlasting to everlasting, a splendid being with the universe as my home.

  • He is from everlasting to everlasting—such as creation's dawn beheld he fooleth now.

  • The material can cope with the eternal only in virtue of everlasting evanescence.

    Miracles of Our Lord

    George MacDonald

  • The everlasting quotation-lover doats on the husks of learning.

  • For the first time she was vaguely perceiving that life is everlasting movement.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for everlasting


  1. never coming to an end; eternal
  2. lasting for an indefinitely long period
  3. lasting so long or occurring so often as to become tedious; incessantI cannot bear her everlasting complaints
  1. endless duration; eternity
  2. Also called: everlasting flower another name for immortelle See also cat's-foot
Derived Formseverlastingly, adverbeverlastingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for everlasting

early 13c., from ever + lasting. Related: Everlastingly.

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