- strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
- full of life; lively; animated: a vivid personality.
- presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic: a vivid account.
- strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible: a vivid recollection.
- forming distinct and striking mental images: a vivid imagination.
- (of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
- brilliantly colouredvivid plumage
- conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphica vivid account
- (of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
- (of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
- making a powerful impact on the emotions or sensesa vivid feeling of shame
- uttered, operating, or acting with vigourvivid expostulations
- full of life or vitalitya vivid personality
1630s, from Latin vividus “spirited, animated, lively,” from vivus “alive,” from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of “strong, distinct” (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of “very active or intense” (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.