en·​vi·​able | \ ˈen-vē-ə-bəl How to pronounce enviable (audio) \

Definition of enviable

: highly desirable

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Other Words from enviable

enviableness noun
enviably \ ˈen-​vē-​ə-​blē How to pronounce enviably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of enviable in a Sentence

The company is in the enviable position of having no real competitors. She has an enviable reputation for honesty.

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Pretty enviable as a required academic work experience year, really. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Conner Ives—Central Saint Martins Student and Fenty “Intern”—Is Now Selling His Upcycled Clothes," 29 July 2019 Dressing like a duchess is always enviable, but not always affordable for us normals. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's $80 Wimbledon Shoes Are Still in Stock," 21 July 2019 The Spurs, who contended for two decades despite less-than-enviable draft positioning, offered a tutorial in draft-night steals. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why this NBA draft is bigger for the Warriors than you might think," 18 June 2019 The bullpen remains the obvious blemish on an otherwise enviable roster. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: It’s good news, bad news for the Dodgers," 16 July 2019 Having enjoyed significant history and enviable status as a powerhouse, the city of Sheffield has slumped to something of a football backwater. SI.com, "Sheffield United's Premier League Return Can Reinvigorate Football in the Steel City," 13 July 2019 Eventually, Djokovic took control with his enviable ability to return serves, track down balls and go from defense to offense. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Roger Federer outlasts Rafael Nadal, advances to Wimbledon men’s final," 12 July 2019 Jenner has been sharing a bunch of photos and Instagram stories from this enviable trip to Greece. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kendall Jenner Wore a $57 Dress on Vacation—and It's Still in Stock," 12 July 2019 But now, in the photo, Randy looked to be in a state of enviable bucolic calm, like a bear snoring after a salmon lunch. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, "Sam Shepard Saw It All Coming," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of enviable

1602, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of enviable

: causing envy : very desirable

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