adjective im·mac·u·late \ i-ˈma-kyə-lət \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of immaculate

1 : having no stain or blemish : pure
  • an immaculate heart
2 : having or containing no flaw or error
  • an immaculate record of service
  • in immaculate detail
3 a : spotlessly clean
  • an immaculate kitchen
  • immaculate uniforms
b : having no colored spots or marks used especially in botany and zoology
  • petals immaculate




    • … the immaculateness of scrubbed decks …
    • —William Sansom

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Examples of immaculate in a Sentence

  1. … they seemed as remote from metaphysics as their lunch bags and knapsacks. Yet weren't they all heading for those immaculate country snowfields to talk of God? —Cynthia OzickAtlanticMay 1997
  2. … and added to this was the fact that this Soviet Army Colonel had a service record that was as immaculate as a field of freshly fallen snow … —Tom ClancyThe Cardinal of the Kremlin(1988) 1989
  3. I was expecting some giant to emerge, but in came a tiny, immaculate, white-haired man. —Anna RussellI'm Not Making This Up, You Know1985
  4. She had an immaculate record of service.

  5. somehow managed to keep the white carpet immaculate

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Did You Know?

The opposite of immaculate is maculate, which means "marked with spots" or "impure." The Latin word maculatus, the past participle of a verb meaning "to stain," is the source of both words and can be traced back to macula, a word that scientists still use for spots on the skin, on the wings of insects, and on the surface of celestial objects. Maculate has not marked as many pages as immaculate, but it has appeared occasionally (one might say "spottily"), especially as an antithesis to immaculate. We find the pair, for example, in an article by Peter Schjeldahl in an April 2004 issue of The New Yorker: "Rob's apartment, with its immaculate ranks of album spines and its all too maculate strewing of everything else…."

Origin and Etymology of immaculate

Middle English immaculat, from Latin immaculatus, from in- + maculatus stained — more at maculate

IMMACULATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of immaculate for English Language Learners

  • : perfectly clean

  • : having no flaw or error

IMMACULATE Defined for Kids


adjective im·mac·u·late \ i-ˈma-kyə-lət \

Definition of immaculate for Students

1 : perfectly clean
2 : having no flaw or error
  • He has an immaculate record.



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