verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.


Origin of fade

1275–1325; 1915–20 for def 5; Middle English faden, derivative of fade pale, dull < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *fatidus, for Latin fatuus fatuous
Related formsfad·a·ble, adjectivefad·ed·ly, adverbfad·ed·ness, nounpre·fade, verb (used with object), pre·fad·ed, pre·fad·ing.un·fad·a·ble, adjectiveun·fad·ed, adjectiveun·fad·ing, adjectivewell-fad·ed, adjective

Synonym study

4. See disappear.
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Examples from the Web for faded

Contemporary Examples of faded

Historical Examples of faded

  • It faded soon into a gray fog, with puffs of wind from the southwest again.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • The floor was covered with old matting and a few faded rugs.


    William J. Locke

  • She has faded away like a rainbow—like a drop of dew in the sun.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • And so she had gone, and with her had faded all the light and joyousness of the place.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • And, with the music and the dancing, the night faded into morning.

British Dictionary definitions for faded



to lose or cause to lose brightness, colour, or clarity
(intr) to lose freshness, vigour, or youth; wither
(intr; usually foll by away or out) to vanish slowly; die out
  1. to decrease the brightness or volume of (a television or radio programme or film sequence) or (of a television programme, etc) to decrease in this way
  2. to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
(intr) (of the brakes of a vehicle) to lose power
to cause (a golf ball) to move with a controlled left-to-right trajectory or (of a golf ball) to veer gradually from left to right


the act or an instance of fading
Derived Formsfadable, adjectivefadedness, nounfader, noun

Word Origin for fade

C14: from fade (adj) dull, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fatidus (unattested), probably blend of Latin vapidus vapid + Latin fatuus fatuous
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Word Origin and History for faded



early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.

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