Meaning of PERMANENT in English


I. -nənt adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French parmanant, from Latin permanent-, permanens, present participle of permanēre to endure, from per- throughout + manēre to remain — more at per- , mansion

Date: 15th century

: continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change : stable

Synonyms: see lasting

• per·ma·nent·ly adverb

• per·ma·nent·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1925

: a long-lasting hair wave or straightening produced by mechanical and chemical means — called also permanent wave

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