Pronunciation: (pûr'mu-nunt),[key] —adj. 1. existing perpetually; everlasting, esp. without significant change.
2. intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions: a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations. 3. long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.
—n. Also called per'manent wave'. a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.