Word for the week – Pertinacious

pertinacious

Syllabification: (per·ti·na·cious)
Pronunciation: /ˌpərtnˈāSHəs/
Definition of pertinacious

adjective

formal

  • holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action:he worked with a pertinacious resistance to interruptions

Derivatives

pertinaciously

adverb

pertinaciousness

noun

pertinacity

Pronunciation: /-ˈasitē/

noun

Origin:
early 17th century: from Latin pertinaxpertinac- ‘holding fast’ + -ous

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Word of the week – Hamlet

Hamlet

Pronunciation: /ˈhamlɪt/
Definition of hamlet

Noun

  • a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village, and strictly (in Britain) one without a church.

Origin:

Middle English: from Old French hamelet, diminutive of hamel ‘little village’; related to home (hám in Old English)

Word of the week – Petrichor

petrichor

Syllabification: (pet·ri·chor)
Pronunciation: /ˈpeˌtrīkôr/
 
Definition of petrichor (noun)
  • a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather
  • for example:other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all

Origin:

1960s: blend of petro- ‘relating to rocks’ (the smell is believed to be caused by a liquid mixture of organic compounds that collects in the ground) and ichor