[uhn-fer-get-uh-buh l]

Origin of unforgettable

1800–10; un-1 + forgettable
Related formsun·for·get·ta·ble·ness, nounun·for·get·ta·bly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of unforgettably

  • Before the Lower East Side was all safe and tidy, I once spent an unforgettably raucous evening there with Thomasos.

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    Abstraction and the Middle Passage

    Blake Gopnik

    July 27, 2012

Historical Examples of unforgettably

  • The end justified the means so unforgettably, so gloriously.

    The Secret Service Submarine

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • The whole scene was unforgettably cinematographed on to his mind.

    Three John Silence Stories

    Algernon Blackwood

  • Then the ghost of that unforgettably strange odor passed away and was lost among the leagues of tenantless forest beyond.

    The Wendigo

    Algernon Blackwood

  • Without difficulty they renew them, and stamp them unforgettably with their own peculiar mark.

  • In philosophy the talk turned mainly on Spinoza, of whom Goethe spoke "unforgettably."

    The Youth of Goethe

    Peter Hume Brown

British Dictionary definitions for unforgettably


  1. impossible to forget; highly memorable
Derived Formsunforgettably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unforgettably



1806, from un- (1) "not" + forgetable (see forget). Related: Unforgettably.

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