- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɛvɚˈlæstɪŋ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ/
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- Rhymes: -æstɪŋ, -ɑːstɪŋ
- Hyphenation: ever‧last‧ing
- Lasting or enduring forever; existing or continuing without end
- Continuing indefinitely, or during a long period; perpetual; sometimes used, colloquially, as a strong intensive.
- this everlasting nonsense
- (philosophy) Existing with infinite temporal duration (as opposed to existence outside of time).
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- Whether we shall meet again I know not; Therefore our everlasting farewell take; Forever, and forever farewell, Cassius.
- eternal, immortal, interminable, endless, never-ending, infinite, unlimited, unceasing, uninterrupted, continual, unintermitted, incessant
- (existing with infinite temporal duration) sempiternal
- (colloquial) Extremely.
everlasting (plural everlastings)
- An everlasting flower.
- 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “The Orange Lily,” 
- With a backward look Small said, “What a lovely lily!” ¶ “Well enough but strong-smelling, gaudy. Come see the everlastings.”
- 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 313:
- ‘It is true perhaps it is too late now for you to look like a rose; but you can always look like an everlasting.’
- (historical) A durable cloth fabric for shoes, etc.
- 1988, Eric Kerridge, Textile Manufactures in Early Modern England, page 64:
- Everlastings of one kind or another were used to make gaiters, shoe tops and liveries for sergeants and catchpoles.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for everlasting in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)