Meaning of PERMANENT in English


I. ]t\ adjective

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

: continuing or enduring (as in the same state, status, place) without fundamental or marked change : not subject to fluctuation or alteration : fixed or intended to be fixed : lasting , stable

literature of permanent , not ephemeral, value

likely to cause permanent injury

the paintings in the permanent collection

elected permanent chairman of the convention

• per·ma·nent·ness noun -es

II. noun

( -s )

1. : one that is permanent ; specifically : something (as a quality, element, entity) conceived of as abiding or eternal

the permanents of existence — D.W.Gotshalk

2. : permanent wave

an unbecoming permanent — Ruth Domino

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