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[viv-id] /ˈvɪv ɪd/

strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.:
a vivid green.
full of life; lively; animated:
a vivid personality.
presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic:
a vivid account.
strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible:
a vivid recollection.
forming distinct and striking mental images:
a vivid imagination.
(of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
brilliantly coloured: vivid plumage
conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphic: a vivid account
(of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
(of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
making a powerful impact on the emotions or senses: a vivid feeling of shame
uttered, operating, or acting with vigour: vivid expostulations
full of life or vitality: a vivid personality

1630s, from Latin vividus “spirited, animated, lively,” from vivus “alive,” from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of “strong, distinct” (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of “very active or intense” (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.


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