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  1. strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
  2. full of life; lively; animated: a vivid personality.
  3. presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic: a vivid account.
  4. strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible: a vivid recollection.
  5. forming distinct and striking mental images: a vivid imagination.

Origin of vivid

1630–40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4
Related formsviv·id·ly, adverbviv·id·ness, vi·vid·i·ty, nouno·ver·viv·id, adjectiveo·ver·viv·id·ly, adverbo·ver·viv·id·ness, nounun·viv·id, adjectiveun·viv·id·ly, adverbun·viv·id·ness, noun

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Historical Examples of vivid

  • Weeks passed away, and with them the vivid memories of that time.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • At this revelation a vivid blush glowed on Gracie Dennis' cheek.

  • This is so broad, however, that it may not make a direct and vivid impression.

  • The vivid beauty of her blush startled him, and she drew her hand quickly from his.

  • Simultaneously he received a vivid mental photograph of the locality.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for vivid


  1. (of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
  2. brilliantly colouredvivid plumage
  3. conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphica vivid account
  4. (of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
  5. (of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
  6. making a powerful impact on the emotions or sensesa vivid feeling of shame
  7. uttered, operating, or acting with vigourvivid expostulations
  8. full of life or vitalitya vivid personality
Derived Formsvividly, adverbvividness, noun

Word Origin for vivid

C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for vivid

1630s, from Latin vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.

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