• synonyms


[trop-i-kuh l for 1–4, 6; troh-pi-kuh l for 5]
See more synonyms for tropical on Thesaurus.com
  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, occurring in, or inhabiting the tropics, especially the humid tropics: tropical flowers.
  2. very hot and humid: a tropical climate.
  3. designed for use in the tropics or in very hot weather (often used in combination): tropical-weight woolens.
  4. of or relating to either or both of the astronomical tropics.
  5. pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a trope or tropes; metaphorical.
Show More
  1. tropicals, lightweight clothing, suitable for warm, especially summer weather.
Show More

Origin of tropical

First recorded in 1520–30; tropic + -al1
Related formstrop·i·cal·i·ty, nountrop·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·trop·i·cal, adjectivenon·trop·i·cal, adjectivenon·trop·i·cal·ly, adverbun·trop·i·cal, adjectiveun·trop·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for tropical

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for tropical


  1. situated in, used in, characteristic of, or relating to the tropics
  2. (of weather) very hot, esp when humid
  3. rhetoric of or relating to a trope
Show More
Derived Formstropicality, nountropically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tropical


1520s, "pertaining to the celestial tropics," from tropic + -al (1). In reference to the torrid zones of the earth, from 1690s.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper