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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or occurring in the spring.
  • adj. Characteristic of or resembling spring.
  • adj. Fresh and young; youthful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Young; fresh.
  • adj. Pertaining to spring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the spring; appearing in the spring.
  • adj. Fig.: Belonging to youth, the spring of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the spring; belonging to the spring; appearing in spring: as, vernal bloom.
  • Of or belonging to youth, the springtime of life.
  • In botany, appearing in spring: as, vernal flowers.
  • Done or accomplished in spring: as, the vernal migration or molt of birds
  • n. The trade-name of diethylmalonvlurea, a colorless, crystalline powder, used in medicine as a soporific.

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

  • adj. suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
  • adj. of or characteristic of or occurring in spring


Latin vērnālis, from vērnus, from vēr, spring; see wesr̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Entering English in the sense of “pertaining to spring” in 1534: From Latin vernālis ("of those things pertaining to the spring")[1][2][3][4], from vernus ("of spring")[1][2][3][4], from vēr ("spring")[1][2][3][4][5]; compare Old French vernal, French vernal. (Wiktionary)



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  • "It was the end of March, an unusually warm and beautiful day in early spring; though all the days now seemed lovely and warm, bathed as they were in the vernal glow of a dying century."
    The Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand

    December 3, 2007

  • According to Wikipedia, fall came about later, probably due to "fall of the leaves". Vernal is Latin, and I'm not sure at what point "spring" took over.

    October 18, 2007

  • Well, there is the word estival. And probably something like hibernal as well.

    October 18, 2007

  • Why vernal and autumnal, but wintry and summery?

    October 18, 2007