[ ih-nim-i-tuh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: inimitableinimitably on

  1. incapable of being imitated or copied; surpassing imitation; matchless.

Origin of inimitable

From the Latin word inimitābilis, dating back to 1525–35. See in-3, imitable

Other words from inimitable

  • in·im·i·ta·bil·i·ty, in·im·i·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • in·im·i·ta·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with inimitable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use inimitable in a sentence

  • Did you, indeed, look up inimitably into a Hesperian sky, or was this firmament the creation of the painter's art?

  • Granting, however, the initial deficiency in subtlety of charm, the whole poem is inimitably graceful and piquant.

  • The other copartment is enriched with feathers and so inimitably blended as to produce the happiest effect.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora | Edward Edwards
  • She was inimitably dexterous and indefatigable in improving every occasion of innuendo.

    Self-control | Mary Brunton
  • The proud and delicate reserve with which she veils the anguish she suffers, is inimitably beautiful.

British Dictionary definitions for inimitable


/ (ɪˈnɪmɪtəbəl) /

  1. incapable of being duplicated or imitated; unique

Derived forms of inimitable

  • inimitability or inimitableness, noun
  • inimitably, adverb

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