[ vur-nl ]
/ ˈvɜr nl /


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

Origin of vernal

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

Related forms

ver·nal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vernal


/ (ˈvɜːnəl) /


of or occurring in spring
poetic of or characteristic of youth; fresh

Derived Forms

vernally, adverb

Word Origin for vernal

C16: from Latin vernālis, from vēr spring
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