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."

Definitions of everlasting
  1. adjective
    continuing forever or indefinitely
    “life everlasting
    synonyms: aeonian, ageless, eonian, eternal, perpetual, unceasing, unending
    lasting, permanent
    continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place
  2. adjective
    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
    synonyms: everlasting flower
    see moresee less
    show 9 types...
    hide 9 types...
    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
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week