What does sylvan mean?

Definitions for sylvan
ˈsɪl vənsyl·van

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sylvan.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sylvan, silvanadjective

    a spirit that lives in or frequents the woods

  2. sylvan, silvanadjective

    relating to or characteristic of wooded regions

    "a shady sylvan glade"


  1. sylvannoun

    One that resides in the woods.

  2. sylvanadjective

    pertaining to the forest, or woodlands

  3. sylvanadjective

    residing in a forest or wood

  4. sylvanadjective

    wooded, or covered in forest

  5. Etymology: From Medieval Latin sylvanus, from Latin Silvanus, god of the woods, from silva, forest.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sylvanadjective

    Woody; shady; relating to woods.

    Cedar and pine, and fir and branching palm,
    A sylvan scene! and as the ranks ascend,
    Shade above shade, a woody theatre
    Of stateliest view. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Eternal greens the mossy margin grace,
    Watch’d by the sylvan genius of the place. Alexander Pope.

  2. Sylvannoun

    A wood-god, or satyr.

    Etymology: sylvain, French.

    When the sun begins to fling
    His flaring beams, me, goddess, bring
    To arched walks of twilight groves,
    And shadows brown, that sylvan loves,
    Of pine or monumental oak. John Milton.

    Her private orchards wall’d on ev’ry side;
    To lawless sylvans all access deny’d. Alexander Pope.


  1. sylvan

    Sylvan refers to something that is related to, characteristic of, or consisting of woods or forests. It can also describe something that is located, inhabiting or situated in a forest or wooded area. It can be used to describe a person or a spirit who is seen as a guardian or symbol of the forest. It originates from the Latin term "silvanus," that refers to a deity or spirit of the woods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sylvanadjective

    of or pertaining to a sylva; forestlike; hence, rural; rustic

  2. Sylvanadjective

    abounding in forests or in trees; woody

  3. Sylvanadjective

    a fabled deity of the wood; a satyr; a faun; sometimes, a rustic

  4. Sylvannoun

    a liquid hydrocarbon obtained together with furfuran (tetrol) by the distillation of pine wood; -- called also methyl tetrol, or methyl furfuran

  5. Etymology: [Sylva + furfuran.]


  1. Sylvan

    Sylvan is a German symphonic rock band.


  1. Sylvan

    species inhabiting forests or woodland areas.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sylvan is ranked #39419 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sylvan surname appeared 558 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sylvan.

    49.8% or 278 total occurrences were White.
    43.3% or 242 total occurrences were Black.
    4.3% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sylvan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sylvan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sylvan in a Sentence

  1. Coast Guard:

    An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge. An unknown amount of product has been released from the damaged barge, air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline from Sylvan Beach to Kemah.

  2. Coast Guard:

    Air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline from Sylvan Beach to Kemah.

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