Definition of


  1. (adj, all) evoking lifelike images within the mind
    graphic accounts of battle
    a lifelike portrait
    a vivid description
  2. (adj, all) having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience
  3. (adj, all) having striking color
    brilliant tapestries
    a bird with vivid plumage
  4. (adj, all) (of color) having the highest saturation
    intense blue

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Alternate forms of Vivid

Derivations: vividness

Origin of the word Vivid

  1. 1638, from L. vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1665. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1690; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. more

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Words that sound like Vivid

v-day, v-e day, vapid, vapidity, vat, vat dye, vd, vdu, veda, vet, veto, video, vidua, vitiate, vitiated, void, voodoo, vote, vote out, vt

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