Definition of permanent in English:


Line breaks: per¦man|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːm(ə)nənt



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  • A perm for the hair: a woman with a home permanent
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    • Problem-solving perms re-texturize hair, adding body, wave, movement and volume, but to call them permanents is a misnomer.
    • Hairstyling, teasing, coloring, permanents, and the use of hair spray are supported.
    • Also, hair sprays, hair color, and permanents will not make you lose more hair.


late Middle English: from Latin permanent- 'remaining to the end' (perhaps via Old French), from per- 'through' + manere 'remain'.

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