- existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
- intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions: a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
- long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.
- Also called permanent wave. a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.
Origin of permanent
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Examples from the Web for permanent
The offices were firebombed in 2011; no one was hurt but a permanent police car was subsequently stationed outside.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
Plus, while sometimes IPs can be “permanent”, at other times IPs last just a few seconds.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
At least one parent would have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
They seemed like a permanent part of the mindscape, the way mountains or rivers are part of the physical world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Such is the strange and permanent apocalypse of 21st-century L.A.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
We have not seen any permanent water for the last eighty miles.Explorations in Australia
A surplus in the Treasury created by loans is not a permanent or safe reliance.
An unlawful expedient can not become a permanent condition of government.
But the present must not become the permanent condition of the Government.
Who, again, could undertake the permanent care of his mother?Viviette
William J. Locke
- existing or intended to exist for an indefinite perioda permanent structure
- not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporarya permanent condition
Word Origin and History for permanent
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.