adjective \in-ˈde-lə-bəl\

: impossible to remove or forget

: producing marks that cannot be erased

Full Definition of INDELIBLE

a :  that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
b :  making marks that cannot easily be removed <an indelible pencil>
a :  lasting <indelible memories>
b :  unforgettable, memorable <an indelible performance>
in·del·i·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)in-ˌde-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·del·i·bly \in-ˈde-lə-blē\ adverb

Examples of INDELIBLE

  1. <winning the state basketball championship was our team's most indelible experience>
  2. But the most indelible evening of the rebellion for me was the night I had first got beaten. —Amiri Baraka, The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, 1984


Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete
First Known Use: 15th century

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