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  1. of or relating to spring: vernal sunshine.

  2. appearing or occurring in spring: vernal migratory movements.

  1. appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike: vernal greenery.

  2. belonging to or characteristic of youth: vernal longings.

Origin of vernal

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin vernālis, equivalent to vern(us) “of spring” (vēr “spring” + -nus adjective suffix) + -ālis -al1

Other words for vernal

Other words from vernal

  • ver·nal·ly, adverb

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How to use vernal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vernal


/ (ˈvɜːnəl) /

  1. of or occurring in spring

  2. poetic of or characteristic of youth; fresh

Origin of vernal

C16: from Latin vernālis, from vēr spring

Derived forms of vernal

  • vernally, adverb

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