or sil·van

[ sil-vuh n ]
/ ˈsɪl vən /


of, relating to, or inhabiting the woods.
consisting of or abounding in woods or trees; wooded; woody: a shady, sylvan glade.
made of trees, branches, boughs, etc.


a person dwelling in a woodland region.
a mythical deity or spirit of the woods.

Origin of sylvan

1555–65; < Latin sylvānus, spelling variant of silvānus, equivalent to silv(a) forest + -ānus -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sylvan



mainly poetic


of, characteristic of, or consisting of woods or forests
living or located in woods or forests
idyllically rural or rustic


an inhabitant of the woods, esp a spirit

Word Origin for sylvan

C16: from Latin silvānus, from silva forest
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