Definition of sylvan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlv(ə)n/
(also silvan)


chiefly literary
1Consisting of or associated with woods; wooded: a sylvan glade
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  • The Gree home has a lovely sylvan setting with a wood at the end of the garden.
  • Earth predominates because of the sylvan emphasis; woods are abundant.
  • It's hard to envision this urban blight blossoming into a sylvan glade, but that's Pueblo's $8.8 million plan.
1.1Pleasantly rural or pastoral: vistas of sylvan charm
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  • Even though it was mainly scales or the repetitious construction of a melody Chuck might be working out, there was always something soothing about his silvery sylvan songs drifting from our home.
  • There are sometimes moments as the Professor lounges at ease by the billabong, the perfect picture of recumbent indolence, when his sylvan reveries are crushed by a sense of sudden and prophetic dread.
  • I remember having several tranquil sylvan strolls on the far side of the lake, opposite the boathouse, though I have heard sadly it is no longer a public right-of-way.


Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting an inhabitant of the woods): from French sylvain or Latin Silvanus 'woodland deity', from silva 'a wood'.

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