ad·​mi·​ra·​ble | \ ˈad-m(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce admirable (audio) \

Definition of admirable

1 : deserving the highest esteem : excellent an admirable achievement
2 obsolete : exciting wonder : surprising

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from admirable

admirability \ ˌad-​m(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce admirability (audio) \ noun
admirableness \ ˈad-​m(ə-​)rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce admirableness (audio) \ noun
admirably \ -​blē How to pronounce admirably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of admirable in a Sentence

Loyalty was her most admirable quality. it's admirable the way she helps her elderly neighbor with chores and errands every Saturday

Recent Examples on the Web

His sometimes-quirky commitment to fiscal responsibility was admirable. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ross Perot changed American politics by disrupting Republicans and Democrats alike. We can learn from that.," 11 July 2019 On some level, his refusal to change over the years has been admirable. Jeremy Woo,, "Paul George and Russell Westbrook Trades Could Create the Perfect Thunder Rebuild," 8 July 2019 Aster’s commitment to his heroine’s psychological journey is admirable, but that doesn’t hold true for everybody in the film. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 For those predisposed to like Ms Warren, her performance was admirable. The Economist, "The Democrats hold their first presidential primary debate," 27 June 2019 Though its policies are admirable, until the country as a whole joins its climate-change efforts, California is making life expensive for its citizens. The Economist, "The futureTexas seems better placed to adapt than California," 22 June 2019 Victor Santos, the director of government relations at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said that these plans are admirable, but HBCUs need a long-term funding solution. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "At HBCUs, crushing student loan debt is a symptom of even bigger problems," 9 June 2019 The respect paid to this community of women — successful in business, true to their traditions, open to outsiders — is of course admirable. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is a Musical Lacking a Sting," 13 June 2019 Providing frame-by-frame commentary, Dee said much of the officers’ behavior was admirable: Both officers kept their distance even as Garner grew increasingly upset. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe.’ Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive.," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'admirable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of admirable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admirable

Middle English admyrable, borrowed from Anglo-French admirable, borrowed from Latin admīrābilis, from admīrārī "to admire" + -bilis "capable (of acting or being acted upon)" — more at -able

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about admirable

Statistics for admirable

Last Updated

18 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for admirable

The first known use of admirable was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for admirable



English Language Learners Definition of admirable

: deserving to be admired : very good


ad·​mi·​ra·​ble | \ ˈad-mə-rə-bəl How to pronounce admirable (audio) , ˈad-mrə-bəl\

Kids Definition of admirable

: deserving great respect and approval He showed admirable courage.

Other Words from admirable

admirably \ -​blē \ adverb The team performed admirably.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on admirable

What made you want to look up admirable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no luck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!