- The definition of a meadow is a large field of grass and non-woodsy plants or flowers.
A large area of grassland which is used for pasture or to grow hay is an example of a meadow.
A meadow full of flowers.
- a piece of grassland, esp. one used as a pasture or whose grass is grown for use as hay
- low, level grassland near a stream, lake, etc.
Origin of meadowMiddle English medow ; from Old English mædwe, oblique case of mæd ; from Germanic an unverified form mædwa- ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mē-, to mow
Origin of meadowMiddle English medwe, medoue, from Old English m&aemac;dwe, oblique case of m&aemac;d; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots.
Old English mǣdwe, inflected form of mǣd (see mead), from Proto-Germanic *mēdwō (compare West Frisian miede, dialectal Dutch made, dialectal German Matte (“mountain pasture”)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂met- ‘to mow, reap’ (compare Welsh medi, Latin metere, Ancient Greek ámētos (“reaping”)), englargement of *h₂meh₁-. More at mow.