Definition of sylvan in English:


(also silvan)


  • 1Consisting of or associated with woods; wooded.

    ‘a sylvan glade’
    • ‘With sylvan surroundings, the falls covered with tall lush green forest trees and salubrious climate is a feast to eyes.’
    • ‘There was even a suggestion that posh Ilkley's rats were actually water voles, more suited to the sylvan pages of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows than the haunted graveyards of Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.’
    • ‘Its wonderful sylvan setting overlooking scenic Mulranny Bay has attracted the attention of the romantics and already the hotel has bookings for thirty weddings.’
    • ‘The Taj appears to be taking pains in maintaining the pristine, sylvan ambience of the land, which has the Arabian Sea on one side and Vypeen and Vallarpadam islands on the other.’
    • ‘His dream was to create: ‘A paradise on the sylvan banks of the Aire, far from the stench and vice of the industrial city.’’
    • ‘Set amidst the peaceful sylvan surroundings of Jaipur's Ramgarh, encircled by a tranquil valley and cool lake, you will find a completely new experiment with the traditional madrasa education system.’
    • ‘Earth predominates because of the sylvan emphasis; woods are abundant.’
    • ‘In the summer it would be nearly sylvan, and the trees would grow new wood and leaves with branches dropping with fruit.’
    • ‘It's hard to envision this urban blight blossoming into a sylvan glade, but that's Pueblo's $8.8 million plan.’
    • ‘Despite this handicap, salubrious climate, sylvan surroundings, lush green meadows would surely attract tourists from all over the country.’
    • ‘Far away from the madding crowd, even the sylvan surroundings of Harappa, the earliest discovered site of the Indus civilisation, is not untouched by the cricket fever that has gripped the subcontinent.’
    • ‘The granite peaks and sylvan hollows in the Blue Ridge Mountains are the results of geological changes and metamorphosis over perhaps a billion year period of time.’
    • ‘The undulating streams, swaying bamboos, sylvan surroundings and trekking tracts make Ganeshgudi and Dandeli unique holiday destinations.’
    • ‘The spacious auditorium with a royal ambience in the sylvan surroundings has a seating capacity of 2,100 spread across two levels - 1,300 on ground floor and 800 in the balcony.’
    • ‘But for some reason Ceausescu did not become obsessed with exporting timber, and so the Carpathian highlands remained wild and sylvan while other parts of the country grew grim.’
    • ‘For lovers of peace and tranquility, this retreat is coming up on the Natham Road, at a distance of 20 km from the city, amidst sylvan surroundings.’
    • ‘The Gree home has a lovely sylvan setting with a wood at the end of the garden.’
    • ‘Hence, in the sylvan surroundings of the campus, legends of Hindustani classical music, belonging to different Gharanas live in perfect harmony with the students.’
    • ‘Pierre Loti was the nom de plume of Julian Viaud, a young French midshipman who, in 1872, came upon a beauty named Rarahu bathing in a sylvan pool behind Papeete.’
    • ‘‘Look around you - this is so wild! ‘she says, leading me into a sylvan clearing under a cedar tree.’
    forested, afforested, tree-covered, woody
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    1. 1.1Pleasantly rural or pastoral.
      ‘vistas of sylvan charm’
      • ‘Even though it was mainly scales or the repetitious construction of a melody Chuck might be working out, there was always something soothing about his silvery sylvan songs drifting from our home.’
      • ‘Scenes of bucolic harmony and sylvan bliss are punctuated by violent episodes in which all manner of wild animals are shown attacking domestic animals.’
      • ‘Foreign businessmen and tourists who delight in the country's sylvan charm and uncrowded cities need not fear impending overdevelopment.’
      • ‘There are sometimes moments as the Professor lounges at ease by the billabong, the perfect picture of recumbent indolence, when his sylvan reveries are crushed by a sense of sudden and prophetic dread.’
      • ‘I remember having several tranquil sylvan strolls on the far side of the lake, opposite the boathouse, though I have heard sadly it is no longer a public right-of-way.’


Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting an inhabitant of the woods): from French sylvain or Latin Silvanus woodland deity, from silva a wood.