Something that's everlasting is eternal; it lasts forever, or seems like it does. Many anti-war activists dream of everlasting peace.

The adjective everlasting can literally mean exactly what it sounds like, but it's frequently used colloquially to exaggerate. You might compliment your friend's speech by saying, "You have my everlasting respect," or describe a lovely day by saying, "It's been like an everlasting dream." In a religious context, the word is used quite literally: "God promises everlasting life."

Primary Meanings of everlasting

continuing forever or indefinitely
any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
Full Definitions of everlasting

adj continuing forever or indefinitely

“life everlasting
aeonian, ageless, eonian, eternal, perpetual, unceasing, unending
lasting, permanent
continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place

adj without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, stark, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter
not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier

n any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color

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Acroclinium roseum, pink paper daisy, pink-and-white everlasting
flower of southwestern Australia having bright pink daisylike papery flowers; grown for drying
Anaphalis margaritacea, cottonweed, pearly everlasting
an American everlasting having foliage with soft wooly hairs and corymbose heads with pearly white bracts
any of numerous plants of the genus Gnaphalium having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
Helichrysum bracteatum, golden everlasting, strawflower, yellow paper daisy
Australian plant naturalized in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold; the frequent choice of those who love dried flowers
any of various plants of the genus Helipterum
Helichrysum secundiflorum, Ozothamnus secundiflorus, cascade everlasting
shrub with white woolly branches and woolly leaves having fragrant flowers forming long sprays; flowers suitable for drying; sometimes placed in genus Helichrysum
Helipterum manglesii, Rhodanthe manglesii, Swan River everlasting, rhodanthe
Australian annual everlasting having light pink nodding flower heads; sometimes placed in genus Helipterum
Xeranthemum annuum, immortelle
mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere
Gnaphalium sylvaticum, chafeweed, wood cudweed
weedy perennial of north temperate regions having woolly foliage and dirty white flowers in a leafy spike
Type of:
composite, composite plant
considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers

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