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[pur-muh-nuh nt] /ˈpɜr mə nənt/

existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions:
a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
long-lasting or nonfading:
permanent pleating; permanent ink.
Also called permanent wave. a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.
existing or intended to exist for an indefinite period: a permanent structure
not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporary: a permanent condition

late 15c., from permanent + -ly (2).

early 15c., from Middle French permanent (14c.) or directly from Latin permanentem (nominative permanens) “remaining,” present participle of permanere “endure, hold out, continue, stay to the end,” from per- “through” (see per) + manere “stay” (see mansion). As a noun meaning “permanent wave,” by 1909. Of clothing, permanent press attested from 1964.


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