[ pur-muh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈpɜr mə nənt /
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.
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Origin of permanent
SYNONYMS FOR permanent
per·ma·nent·ly, adverbper·ma·nent·ness, nounnon·per·ma·nent, adjectivenon·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
pseu·do·per·ma·nent, adjectivequa·si-per·ma·nent, adjectivequa·si-per·ma·nent·ly, adverbsub·per·ma·nent, adjectivesub·per·ma·nent·ly, adverbun·per·ma·nent, adjectiveun·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for permanent wave (1 of 2)
another name (esp formerly) for perm 1 (def. 1)
British Dictionary definitions for permanent wave (2 of 2)
/ (ˈpɜːmənənt) /
existing or intended to exist for an indefinite perioda permanent structure
not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporarya permanent condition
Derived Formspermanently, adverb
Word Origin for permanent
C15: from Latin permanens continuing, from permanēre to stay to the end, from per- through + manēre to remain
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