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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The trailer opens with a pan to all four sisters wearing enviable straw hats, structured and beribboned (though Jo, the rough-and-tumble sister, sports one that’s noticeably floppy and ribbon-free). Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "The “Little Women” trailer is an ode to amazing headwear," 13 Aug. 2019 At a moment when things are most dire, in the book and maybe in our own lives, a creaky but noble book brings us close to present day and concludes with an enviable familial quietude, and perhaps a small bit of implied advice. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Novelist Nell Zink takes on Sept. 11 in ‘Doxology’," 10 Aug. 2019 Thompson: Sawyer Pate has taken over at quarterback and gets the enviable job of replacing Taulia Tagovailoa. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Rewinding Day 1 of Birmingham HS football media day," 29 July 2019 Following Walter Payton as the Bears’ starting tailback might have been the least enviable job in franchise history, but someone had to do it. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 57, Neal Anderson," 11 July 2019 Meghan's royal tour wardrobe has been seriously enviable, and her latest dress is no exception. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Dark Pink BOSS Dress, and Keeps Touching Her Baby Bump," 28 Oct. 2018 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

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1602, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of enviable

: causing envy : very desirable

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