permanent [pur-muh-nuhnt] SynonymsWord Origin adjective

  1. existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
  2. intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions: a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
  3. long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.


  1. Also called permanent wave. a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.

Origin of permanent 1400–50; late Middle English Latin permanent- (stem of permanēns), present participle of permanēre to remain. See per-, remain, -ent Related formsper·ma·nent·ly, adverbper·ma·nent·ness, nounnon·per·ma·nent, adjectivenon·per·ma·nent·ly, adverbpseu·do·per·ma·nent, adjectivequa·si-per·ma·nent, adjectivequa·si-per·ma·nent·ly, adverbsub·per·ma·nent, adjectivesub·per·ma·nent·ly, adverbun·per·ma·nent, adjectiveun·per·ma·nent·ly, adverbSynonyms for permanent 1. stable, invariable, constant.Antonyms for permanent 1. temporary; inconstant. British Dictionary definitions for quasi-permanent permanent adjective

  1. existing or intended to exist for an indefinite perioda permanent structure
  2. not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporarya permanent condition

Derived Formspermanently, adverbWord Origin for permanent C15: from Latin permanens continuing, from permanēre to stay to the end, from per- through + manēre to remain Word Origin and History for quasi-permanent permanent adj.

early 15c., from Middle French permanent (14c.) or directly from Latin permanentem (nominative permanens) “remaining,” present participle of permanere “endure, hold out, continue, stay to the end,” from per- “through” (see per) + manere “stay” (see mansion). As a noun meaning “permanent wave,” by 1909. Of clothing, permanent press attested from 1964.

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