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[ev-er-green] /ˈɛv ərˌgrin/
(of trees, shrubs, etc.) having green leaves throughout the entire year, the leaves of the past season not being shed until after the new foliage has been completely formed.
retaining its relevance, popularity, usefulness, etc.; enduring:
Some toys are evergreen favorites.
Law. (of a contract or contract clause) specifying automatic renewal at the end of the term.
an evergreen plant.
evergreens, evergreen twigs or branches used for decoration.
something that is evergreen, or enduringly fresh:
The paper publishes decorating tips or other archived evergreens on slow news days.
Origin of evergreen
1545-55; ever + green Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for evergreen
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  • We cannot be sure what species of evergreen Cæsar intended by abies.

    Man and Nature George P. Marsh
  • He advanced a step toward her, disengaging himself from the evergreen.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • The plant itself is an evergreen shrub with soft gray bark, and dark green laurel-like leaves.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • At the entrance to the town an evergreen arch had been erected.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • At a short distance from such a settlement you see no houses: nothing is visible but a dense grove of evergreen trees.

British Dictionary definitions for evergreen


(of certain trees and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year; continually shedding and replacing leaves Compare deciduous
remaining fresh and vital
an evergreen tree or shrub
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Word Origin and History for evergreen

1640s in reference to trees and shrubs, from ever + green (adj.). From 1660s as an adjective. Figurative sense from 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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evergreen in Science
Adjective  Having green leaves or needles all year. Evergreen trees lose their leaves individually on an ongoing basis, rather than losing all of them in a short period at the end of a growing season in the manner of deciduous trees. Compare deciduous.

Noun  An evergreen tree, shrub, or plant, such as the pine, holly, or rhododendron.
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Slang definitions & phrases for evergreen



: desperately searching the shelf of ''evergreen'' pieces, hoping to find some picture story that we could tie in with what was happening


  1. (also think piece, thumbsucker) A story that is not news, but penetrating analysis, etc: Such articles, the desperate resort of editorial writers everywhere, are known as evergreens and think pieces (1980s+ Print & broadcast journalism)
  2. A perennial favorite, esp a song; golden oldie (1940s+)

[journalism senses so called because such material is perdurably useful]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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