SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. noun 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
), present participle of
to remain. See
-ent Related forms per·ma·nent·ly, adverb per·ma·nent·ness, noun non·per·ma·nent, adjective non·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb pseu·do·per·ma·nent, adjective qua·si-per·ma·nent, adjective qua·si-per·ma·nent·ly, adverb sub·per·ma·nent, adjective sub·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb un·per·ma·nent, adjective un·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-permanent adjective existing or intended to exist for an indefinite period a permanent structure not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporary a permanent condition Derived Forms permanently, 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 adj.
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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