immemorial [im- uh- mawr-ee- uhl, - mohr-] SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial. Origin of immemorial
dating back to
memorial Related forms im·me·mo·ri·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for immemorial archaic
olden Examples from the Web for immemorial Historical Examples of immemorial
Wat's thumb was raised to his nose in an
War, of course, is an
immemorial source of romantic feeling.
They are not thought to be inspired, but are revered because of their
If the Gulf States go, still it is their right,
The human mind from
immemorial antiquity has ceased to regard it. British Dictionary definitions for immemorial adjective originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial) Derived Forms immemorially, adverb Word Origin for immemorial
C17: from Medieval Latin
immemoriālis, from Latin im- (not) + memoria memory
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Word Origin and History for immemorial adj.
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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