/perr"meuh neuhnt/, adj.1. existing perpetually; everlasting, esp. without significant change.2. 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.3. long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.n.4. 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.[1400-50; late ME < L permanent- (s. of permanens), prp. of permanere to remain. See PER-, REMAIN, -ENT]Syn. 1. stable, invariable, constant.Ant. 1. temporary; inconstant.
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