The definition of perpetual is something that goes on or lasts forever or an extremely long time.
An example of perpetual is love between a mother and child.
- lasting or enduring forever or for an indefinitely long time; eternal; permanent
- continuing indefinitely without interruption; unceasing; constant: a perpetual nuisance
- blooming continuously throughout the growing season
Origin of perpetualMiddle English perpetuel ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin perpetualis ; from perpetuus, constant ; from perpes (gen. perpetis), continuous ; from per-, through + petere, to strive, rush at, fall: see feather
a perpetual plant; esp., a variety of perpetual hybrid rose
- Lasting forever; never-ending: conceived heaven as a state of perpetual bliss.
- Continuing or being so for an indefinitely long time: found themselves in perpetual debt; felt like a perpetual outsider. See Synonyms at continual.
- Flowering throughout the growing season.
Origin of perpetualMiddle English perpetuel, from Old French, from Latin perpetuālis, from perpetuus, continuous : per-, per- + petere, to go toward; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin perpetualis (“universal").