- 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.
- lasting or intended to last indefinitely without change
- lasting a relatively long time
Origin of permanentMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin permanens, present participle of permanere ; from per, through + manere, to remain: see manor
- 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 of permanentMiddle 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.
(comparative more permanent, superlative most permanent)
- Without end, eternal.
- Nothing in this world is truly permanent.
- Lasting for an indefinitely long time.
- The countries are now locked in a permanent state of conflict.
(third-person singular simple present permanents, present participle permanenting, simple past and past participle permanented)
- (dated) To perm (the hair).