Origin of permanent
British Dictionary definitions for nonpermanent (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for nonpermanent (2 of 2)
Word Origin for permanent
Word Origin and History for nonpermanent
early 15c., from Middle French permanent (14c.) or directly from Latin permanentem (nominative permanens) "remaining," present participle of permanere "endure, hold out, continue, stay to the end," from per- "through" (see per) + manere "stay" (see mansion). As a noun meaning "permanent wave," by 1909. Of clothing, permanent press attested from 1964.