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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André Previn, among the 20th century’s most redoubtable musicians and certainly one of its most versatile, missed two enviable milestones in dying today. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Andre Previn: Remembering a Versatile Musician," 28 Feb. 2019 Many people thought Anthony Bourdain had the most enviable career in existence. Washington Post, "For Bourdain, food was a storytelling tool — and a passport," 10 June 2018 Thomas Hazinski, one of the authors of the HVS report, pointed out that San Diego is in the enviable position of being one of the more popular convention destinations. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Port financial analysis favors convention center expansion over competing hotel project," 8 June 2018 Don’t try to cheer him up or offer advice Your brother has an enviable job and two lovely children. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed," 7 June 2018 As national political headwinds make the 2018 midterms appear dicey for many Republicans across the country, political analysts say, Hogan is in an enviable position. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan, mostly quiet during Democratic primary, to launch major counter-offensive," 25 May 2018 The selection will be wide, considering the British royal family has one of the most enviable jewelry collections in the world, hence the suspense ahead of Saturday's wedding. Samuel Burns | Wwd, latimes.com, "Will Meghan Markle wear a tiara for her royal wedding?," 18 May 2018 The two princesses, who are the daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, are both known for their enviable style, though their fairly private personal lives keep them out of the spotlight on a regular basis. Lucia Tonelli, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice's Maid of Honor Dress is Seriously Breathtaking," 12 Oct. 2018 The acclaim eased some of the pain from GM’s bankruptcy at the time and showed that Detroit could still develop an enviable vehicle. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Bids Farewell to Its Breakthrough Electric Car," 9 Dec. 2018

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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