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

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin permanent- (stem of permanēns), present participle of permanēre to remain. See per-, remain, -ent
Related formsper·ma·nent·ly, adverbper·ma·nent·ness, nounnon·per·ma·nent, adjectivenon·per·ma·nent·ly, adverbpseu·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

Synonyms for permanent

Antonyms for permanent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for quasi-permanent



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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Word Origin and History for quasi-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.

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