• (GA) IPA: /ˈpɝmənənt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpɜːmənənt/


  1. Without end, eternal.
    Nothing in this world is truly permanent.
  2. Lasting for an indefinitely long time.
    The countries are now locked in a permanent state of conflict.
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permanent (plural permanents)

  1. A chemical hair treatment imparting or removing curliness, whose effects typically last for a period of weeks; a perm.
    • 1943, Raymond Chandler, The High Window, Penguin 2005, p. 8:
      She had pewter-coloured hair set in a ruthless permanent, a hard beak and large moist eyes with the sympathetic expression of wet stones.
  2. (linear algebra, combinatorics) Given an n \times n matrix a_{ij} \,, the sum over all permutations \pi \, of \prod_{i=1}^n{a_{i\pi(i)}}.
  3. (trading card games) A card whose effects persist beyond the turn on which it is played.
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permanent (permanents, present participle permanenting; past and past participle permanented)

  1. (transitive, dated) To perm (the hair).

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