- The definition of permanent is someone or something that is supposed to last for a very long time.
An example of something which is permanent is a tattoo.
A tattoo is something that is permanent.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- lasting or intended to last indefinitely without change
- lasting a relatively long time
Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Classical Latin permanens, present participle of permanere from per, through plush manere, to remain: see manor
- permanently adverb
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- Lasting or remaining without essential change: “the universal human yearning for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change” (Willa Cather).
- Not expected to change in status, condition, or place: a permanent address; permanent secretary to the president.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin permanēns, permanent-, present participle of permanēre, to endure : per-, throughout; see per- + manēre, to remain; see men-3 in Indo-European roots.
- perˈma·nent·ly adverb
- perˈma·nent·ness noun