elephant in the room

noun phrase

Definition of elephant in the room

: an obvious major problem or issue that people avoid discussing or acknowledging

First Known Use of elephant in the room

1985, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about elephant in the room

Statistics for elephant in the room

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for elephant in the room

The first known use of elephant in the room was in 1985

See more words from the same year

Comments on elephant in the room

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

WORD OF THE DAY

incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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