follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

prevalent

[prev-uh-luh nt] /ˈprɛv ə lənt/
adjective
1.
widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.
2.
having the superiority or ascendancy.
3.
Archaic. effectual or efficacious.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin praevalent- (stem of praevalēns), present participle of praevalēre to prevail. See pre-, -valent
Related forms
prevalence, prevalentness, noun
prevalently, adverb
nonprevalent, adjective
nonprevalently, adverb
unprevalent, adjective
unprevalently, adverb
Synonyms
1. common, extensive. See current.
Antonyms
1. rare.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un prevalent

prevalent

/ˈprɛvələnt/
adjective
1.
widespread or current
2.
superior in force or power; predominant
Derived Forms
prevalence, prevalentness, noun
prevalently, adverb
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: powerful): from Latin praevalens very strong, from praevalēre: see prevail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un prevalent

prevalent

adj.

early 15c., "having great power or force," from Latin praevalentem (nominative praevalens) "of superior strength; mighty," present participle of praevalere "to be more able" (see prevail). Meaning "extensively existing, in general use" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prevalent

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for un prevalent