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[im-uh-mawr-ee-uhl, -mohr-]
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  1. extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial.
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Origin of immemorial

From the Medieval Latin word immemoriālis, dating back to 1595–1605. See im-2, memorial
Related formsim·me·mo·ri·al·ly, adverb

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Related Words for immemorial

archaic, fixed, forever, long-standing, prehistoric, primeval, rooted, time-honored, traditional, age-old, olden

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Historical Examples of immemorial

  • Wat's thumb was raised to his nose in an immemorial gesture.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • War, of course, is an immemorial source of romantic feeling.

  • They are not thought to be inspired, but are revered because of their immemorial antiquity.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • If the Gulf States go, still it is their right, immemorial, incontrovertible!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The human mind from immemorial antiquity has ceased to regard it.

British Dictionary definitions for immemorial


  1. originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial)
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Derived Formsimmemorially, adverb

Word Origin for immemorial

C17: from Medieval Latin immemoriālis, from Latin im- (not) + memoria memory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for immemorial


c.1600, from French immémorial (16c.) "old beyond memory," from Medieval Latin immemorialis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + memorialis (see memorial). Something immemorial is ancient beyond memory; something immemorable is not memorable.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with immemorial


see time immemorial.

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