from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Perceived as bright and distinct; brilliant: a vivid star.
  • adj. Having intensely bright colors: a vivid tapestry.
  • adj. Having a very high degree of saturation: a vivid purple.
  • adj. Presented in clear and striking manner: a vivid account of the incident. See Synonyms at graphic.
  • adj. Perceived or felt with the freshness of immediate experience: a vivid recollection of their childhood.
  • adj. Active in forming lifelike images: a vivid imagination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A felt-tipped permanent marker.
  • adj. clear, detailed or powerful
  • adj. bright, intense or colourful
  • adj. full of life, strikingly alive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. True to the life; exhibiting the appearance of life or freshness; animated; spirited; bright; strong; intense.
  • adj. Forming brilliant images, or painting in lively colors; lively; sprightly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exhibiting the appearance of life or freshness; animated; bright; clear; lively; fresh; strong; intense: as, the vivid colors of the rainbow; the vivid green of flourishing vegetables.
  • Producing a distinct and strong impression on the mind; presented to the mind with exceptional clearness and force; of a mental faculty. having a clear and vigorous action.
  • Synonyms Lucid, striking, lustrous, luminous, vigorous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience
  • adj. having striking color
  • adj. evoking lifelike images within the mind
  • adj. (of color) having the highest saturation


Latin vīvidus, from vīvere, to live.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vividus ("animated, spirited"), from vivere ("to live"), akin to vita ("life"), Greek βίος (bios, "life"). (Wiktionary)


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