- Of plants, especially trees, that do not shed their leaves seasonally.
- 1902: Henry Van Dyke, The Blue Flower 
- ...these three little creeping vines put forth their hands with joy, and spread over rock and hillock and twisted tree-root and mouldering log, in cloaks and scarves and wreaths of tiny evergreen, glossy leaves.
fresh or self-renewing; often used metaphorically.
- (contracts) A
clause which causes an automatic
renewal of a
contract unless action is taken.
- (computing) Of a document, a piece of software, or a dataset, being continually up-to-date (as opposed to being published at regular intervals and outdated in the meantime)
- 2014, Peter Gasston, Book of CSS3, 2nd Edition: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design, No Starch Press (
ISBN 9781593275808), page 257
- Chrome and Firefox are evergreen browsers: they update automatically and version numbers are only used for internal reference.
- (broadcasting) Suitable for transmission at any time; not urgent or time-dependent.
- 2001, Christopher H Sterling, John M Kittross, Stay Tuned (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates 2001, p. 654)
- Another change in the news was emphasis on “evergreen” features involving attractive children or animals, parades or fireworks, as well as local developments.
- (of plants, that do not shed their leaves):
of plants, that do not shed their leaves
shrub that does not shed its
informal) More specifically, a
- 1858: Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods 
- The spruce and fir trees crowded to the track on each side to welcome us, the arbor- vitae, with its changing leaves, prompted us to make haste, and the sight of the canoe-birch gave us spirits to do so. Sometimes an evergreen just fallen lay across the track with its rich burden of cones, looking, still, fuller of life than our trees in the most favorable positions.
- 1958: Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode
- Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans,
- Way back up in the woods among the evergreens,
- There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
- Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
colloquial) A news story that can be published or broadcast at any time.
evergreen (third-person singular simple present
evergreens, present participle
evergreening, simple past and past participle
- (patent law, pharmaceuticals) To extend the
term of a
patent beyond the normal legal limit, usually through repeated small modifications.
- (banking) To set the repayment rate of a loan at or below the
interest rate, so low that the
principal will never be repaid.