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1. Of, relating to, or occurring in the spring.
2. Characteristic of or resembling spring.
3. Fresh and young; youthful.

[Latin vērnālis, from vērnus, from vēr, spring; see wesr̥ in Indo-European roots.]

ver′nal·ly adv.


1. of or occurring in spring
2. poetic of or characteristic of youth; fresh
[C16: from Latin vernālis, from vēr spring]
ˈvernally adv


(ˈvɜr nl)

1. of, pertaining to, or occurring in spring.
2. appropriate to or suggesting spring.
3. belonging to or characteristic of youth.
[1525–35; < Latin vernālis=vern(us) of spring (vēr spring + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1]
ver′nal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vernal - suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh; "he is young for his age"
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"
2.vernal - of or characteristic of or occurring in springvernal - of or characteristic of or occurring in spring; "the vernal equinox"
autumnal - of or characteristic of or occurring in autumn; "the autumnal equinox"; "autumnal fruits"
summery - belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer; "summery weather"; "summery dresses"
wintery, wintry - characteristic of or occurring in winter; "suffered severe wintry weather"; "brown wintry grasses"


Of, occurring in, or characteristic of the season of spring:


[ˈvɜːnl] ADJ [equinox] → de primavera (liter) [flowers] → de primavera, primaveral


adjFrühlings-; vernal equinoxFrühlingsäquinoktium nt; vernal flowers (liter)Frühlingsblumen pl
References in classic literature ?
Bonnycastle, who during the winter had been a good deal on the defensive, relaxed her vigilance a little, became whimsically wilful, vernally reckless, as it were, and ceased to calculate the consequences of an hospitality which a reference to the back files or even to the morning's issue of the newspapers might easily prove a mistake.
Trypetoptera canadensis (Macquart), a floodplain predator of pulmonate terrestrial snails, were found precisely where that species would be expected to occur--in the vernally flooded zone between the artificial levee and the natural sand dike along White River.
That's why I eagerly, vernally, hasten my step for I well know: when summer comes in the land, and autumn, and the next winter, nothing will ever bring back this painfully luxuriant awakening in spring.