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adjective, palm·i·er, palm·i·est.
  1. glorious, prosperous, or flourishing: the palmy days of yesteryear.
  2. abounding in or shaded with palms: palmy islands.
  3. palmlike.
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Origin of palmy

First recorded in 1595–1605; palm2 + -y1


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1. bounteous, booming, halcyon, rosy.
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Historical Examples

  • Surely she never should have been Semiramis, even in her palmy day!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845


  • Such were the miseries of navigation in the palmy days of English adventure by sea.


    Edmund Gosse

  • "The palmy days of the drama, I suppose," interjected Handy.

    A Pirate of Parts

    Richard Neville

  • It must have been just like the palmy days of the British Drama.

  • You should have heard the Sisters Belton in their palmy days at the Pav!


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for palmy


adjective palmier or palmiest
  1. prosperous, flourishing, or luxuriousa palmy life
  2. covered with, relating to, or resembling palmsa palmy beach
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Word Origin and History for palmy


"triumphant," c.1600, from palm (n.2) in the "triumph" sense + -y (2). Literal meaning "full of palms" attested from 1660s.

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