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[ar-id] /ˈær ɪd/
being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land;
an arid climate.
barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture:
arid farmland.
lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune:
an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
Origin of arid
1645-55; (< F) < Latin āridus, equivalent to ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; cf. ash1
Related forms
[uh-rid-i-tee] /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
hyperarid, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See dry. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for arid
  • The climate is arid -- warm in the daytime, but much cooler in the evenings.
  • The lower parts of the country have a semi-arid or desert climate.
  • The moon's dry central regions are covered in rippling dunes and arid deserts.
  • Each unit interlocks with the next one, eliminating nailing on the exposed edge arid holding it down against wind and rain.
  • Tablemates eating the dry, chewy pork chops or the equally arid medallions of jerk pork had a different answer.
  • The arid valley they were digging in, Ischigualasto, has been a rich source of fossils from the earliest days of dinosaurs.
  • It features a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons.
  • The salt pans are located in a very arid region that may get little or no rain at all in any given year.
  • The arid desert lowlands and the camps are unfamiliar to these people.
  • Water for residential use is less expensive in some of the more arid Western cities than in other selected cities.
British Dictionary definitions for arid


having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
devoid of interest
Derived Forms
aridity (əˈrɪdɪtɪ), aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry
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Word Origin and History for arid

1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.

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arid in Science
Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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