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  1. of or relating to spring: vernal sunshine.
  2. appearing or occurring in spring: vernal migratory movements.
  3. appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike: vernal greenery.
  4. belonging to or characteristic of youth: vernal longings.
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Origin of vernal

1525–35; < Latin vernālis, equivalent to vern(us) of spring (vēr spring + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1
Related formsver·nal·ly, adverb

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Related Words for vernal

fresh, spring, verdant, young, youthful

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Historical Examples of vernal

  • We now begin to expect our vernal migration of ring-ousels every week.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

    Gilbert White

  • And yet this was only the day of the vernal equinox; it was most extraordinary.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • I know not, unless it be the influence of the vernal season.

    Fibble, D. D.

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • The driver said he was from Vernal, some sixty miles to the west.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • What are our children doing with these precious, vernal years?

British Dictionary definitions for vernal


  1. of or occurring in spring
  2. poetic of or characteristic of youth; fresh
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Derived Formsvernally, adverb

Word Origin for vernal

C16: from Latin vernālis, from vēr spring
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Word Origin and History for vernal


"pertaining to spring," 1530s, from Latin vernalis "of the spring," from vernus "of spring," from ver "spring," from PIE *wesr- "spring" (cf. Old Norse var "spring," Greek ear, Sanskrit vasantah, Persian bahar, Old Church Slavonic vesna "spring," Lithuanian vasara "summer").

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