[ per-pech-oo-uhl ]
/ pərˈpɛtʃ u əl /


continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow.
continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year.


a hybrid rose that is perpetual.
a perennial plant.

Origin of perpetual

1300–50; late Middle English perpetuall < Latin perpetuālis permanent, equivalent to perpetu(us) uninterrupted (per- per- + pet-, base of petere to seek, reach for + -uus deverbal adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English perpetuel < Middle French < Latin as above

SYNONYMS FOR perpetual

3 continuous, incessant, constant, unending, uninterrupted.

OTHER WORDS FROM perpetual Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for perpetual

/ (pəˈpɛtjʊəl) /


(usually prenominal) eternal; permanent
(usually prenominal) seemingly ceaseless because often repeatedyour perpetual complaints
horticulture blooming throughout the growing season or year


(of a crop plant) continually producing edible parts: perpetual spinach
a plant that blooms throughout the growing season

Derived forms of perpetual

perpetually, adverb

Word Origin for perpetual

C14: via Old French from Latin perpetuālis universal, from perpes continuous, from per- (thoroughly) + petere to go towards
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