• (British) IPA: /ˈɛvəɡɹiːn/
  • (America) enPR: ěvʹərgrēn, IPA: /ˈɛvɚɡɹin/

evergreen (not comparable)

  1. Of plants, especially trees, that do not shed their leaves seasonally.
    Synonyms: sempervirent
    Antonyms: deciduous
    • 1902: Henry Van Dyke, The Blue Flower [https://web.archive.org/web/20141009081751/http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=%2Ftexts%2Fenglish%2Fmodeng%2Fpublicsearch%2Fmodengpub.o2w]
      ...these three little creeping vines put forth their hands with joy, and spread over rock and hillock and twisted tree-root and mouldering log, in cloaks and scarves and wreaths of tiny evergreen, glossy leaves.
  2. (often, metaphorically) Continually fresh or self-renewing.
    1. (contracts) A clause which causes an automatic renewal of a contract unless action is taken.
    2. (computing) Of a document, a piece of software or a dataset, being continually up-to-date (as opposed to being published at regular intervals and outdated in the meantime)
      • 2014, Peter Gasston, Book of CSS3, 2nd Edition: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design, No Starch Press ISBN 9781593275808, page 257
        Chrome and Firefox are evergreen browsers: they update automatically and version numbers are only used for internal reference.
  3. (broadcasting) Suitable for transmission at any time; not urgent or time-dependent.
    Synonyms: timeless
    • 2001, Christopher H Sterling, John M Kittross, Stay Tuned (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates 2001, p. 654)
      Another change in the news was emphasis on “evergreen” features involving attractive children or animals, parades or fireworks, as well as local developments.
Translations Noun

evergreen (plural evergreens)

  1. A tree or shrub that does not shed its leaf#Noun|leaves or needle#Noun|needles seasonally.
    • 1838, [Edward Bulwer-Lytton], chapter I, in Alice or The Mysteries: […] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Saunders and Otley, […], OCLC 2844716 ↗, book I, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433074938808;view=1up;seq=19 page 3]:
      The lawn before them was gay with evergreens, relieved by the first few flowers and fresh turf of the reviving Spring; {{...}
  2. (informal, specifically) A conifer tree.
    • 1858: Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods [https://web.archive.org/web/20141009081751/http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=%2Ftexts%2Fenglish%2Fmodeng%2Fpublicsearch%2Fmodengpub.o2w]
      The spruce and fir trees crowded to the track on each side to welcome us, the arbor- vitae, with its changing leaves, prompted us to make haste, and the sight of the canoe-birch gave us spirits to do so. Sometimes an evergreen just fallen lay across the track with its rich burden of cones, looking, still, fuller of life than our trees in the most favorable positions.
    • 1958: Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode
      Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans,
      Way back up in the woods among the evergreens,
      There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
      Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
  3. (colloquial) A news story that can be published or broadcast at any time.
  • German: immergrün
  • Portuguese: sempre-verde
  • Russian: вечнозелёный

evergreen (evergreens, present participle evergreening; past and past participle evergreened)

  1. (patents, pharmaceuticals) To extend the term of a patent beyond the normal legal limit, usually through repeated small modifications.
  2. (banking) To set the repayment rate of a loan at or below the interest rate, so low that the principal will never be repaid.

Proper noun
  1. A rural town/and/locality in Toowoomba Region, Queensland.
  2. A neighbourhood in Calgary, Alberta.
  3. A neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alberta.
  4. A neighbourhood in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  5. A city/county seat in Conecuh County, Alabama.
  6. An unincorporated community in Autauga County, Alabama.
  7. A ghost town in Los Angeles County, California.
  8. A neighborhood/and/district in San Jose, California.
  9. A census-designated place in Jefferson County, Colorado.
  10. An unincorporated community in Nassau County, Florida.
  11. A town in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
  12. A neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.
  13. A village in Laclede County, Missouri.
  14. An unincorporated community/and/census-designated place in Flathead County, Montana.
  15. An unincorporated community/and/census-designated place in Tatums Township, Columbus County.
  16. An unincorporated community in Ransom Township, Columbus County.
  17. An unincorporated community in Gallia County, Ohio.
  18. An unincorporated community in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
  19. An unincorporated community in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
  20. A neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee.
  21. An unincorporated community in Appomattox County, Virginia.
  22. An unincorporated community in Upshur County, West Virginia.
  23. A town in Langlade County, Wisconsin.
  24. A former CDP in Marathon County, Wisconsin, now part of the village of Kronenwetter.
  25. A town in Washburn County, Wisconsin.

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