Definition of perpetual in English:

perpetual

Line breaks: per|pet¦ual
Pronunciation: /pəˈpɛtʃʊəl
 
, -tjʊəl/

adjective

  • 3(Of a plant) blooming or fruiting several times in one season: he grows perpetual flowering carnations
    More example sentences
    • He grows perpetual carnations, a laborious and painstaking business, putting a collar on each one to prevent it from splitting before a show.

Derivatives

perpetually

adverb
More example sentences
  • This phrase is perpetually repeated as a chorus throughout the rest of the play.
  • All children's hospitals run on tight budgets and are perpetually short on finances.
  • If there's one thing we as a species feel perpetually compelled to do, it's explain things to ourselves and others.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French perpetuel, from Latin perpetualis, from perpetuus 'continuing throughout', from perpes, perpet- 'continuous'.

More definitions of perpetual

Definition of perpetual in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little