verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.


Origin of fade

1275–1325; 1915–20 for def 5; Middle English faden, derivative of fade pale, dull < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *fatidus, for Latin fatuus fatuous
Related formsfad·a·ble, adjectivefad·ed·ly, adverbfad·ed·ness, nounpre·fade, verb (used with object), pre·fad·ed, pre·fad·ing.un·fad·a·ble, adjectiveun·fad·ed, adjectiveun·fad·ing, adjectivewell-fad·ed, adjective

Synonym study

4. See disappear.
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Examples from the Web for unfaded

Historical Examples of unfaded

  • Its every incident is etched on the curtain of the past with sharp and unfaded lines.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • It does but need fresh and simple eyes to recognize their unfaded life.


    Alice Meynell

  • The dress was fresh and unfaded, but it was full four years behind the style!

    The Fatal Glove

    Clara Augusta Jones Trask

  • It remains in the memory motionless, unfaded, with its life arrested, in an unchanging light.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • We see them at Camp Louisiana proudly wearing their new boots and their uniforms as yet unfaded by the sun.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

British Dictionary definitions for unfaded



to lose or cause to lose brightness, colour, or clarity
(intr) to lose freshness, vigour, or youth; wither
(intr; usually foll by away or out) to vanish slowly; die out
  1. to decrease the brightness or volume of (a television or radio programme or film sequence) or (of a television programme, etc) to decrease in this way
  2. to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
(intr) (of the brakes of a vehicle) to lose power
to cause (a golf ball) to move with a controlled left-to-right trajectory or (of a golf ball) to veer gradually from left to right


the act or an instance of fading
Derived Formsfadable, adjectivefadedness, nounfader, noun

Word Origin for fade

C14: from fade (adj) dull, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fatidus (unattested), probably blend of Latin vapidus vapid + Latin fatuus fatuous
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Word Origin and History for unfaded



early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.

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