Definition of immaculate
2 : having or containing no flaw or error an immaculate record of service in immaculate detail
3a : spotlessly clean an immaculate kitchen immaculate uniformsb : having no colored spots or marks —used especially in botany and zoology petals immaculate
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Examples of immaculate in a Sentence
… 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 Ozick, Atlantic, May 1997
… 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 Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, (1988) 1989
I was expecting some giant to emerge, but in came a tiny, immaculate, white-haired man. —Anna Russell, I'm Not Making This Up, You Know, 1985
She had an immaculate record of service.
somehow managed to keep the white carpet immaculate
Recent Examples of immaculate from the Web
Pity Marin Cilic who played six generally immaculate matches here and then fell apart in the final.
Under a cloudless Portuguese blue sky on immaculate green fields, the pressure is on to produce the next multimillion-euro export.
Boys and girls are responsible for keeping the bedrooms neat – and other than a handful of cuddly toys peppered across the bunk beds, the rooms are immaculate.
Wearing immaculate suits, shoes and hats in varying shades of purple, the men and women in the parade strutted for several blocks with stops along the way at neighborhood bars and lounges.
Ty Dolla $ign sports a similar aura of rock star with a black fedora, long dreads, and immaculate style.
The acceptance letter in immaculate stationery arrived at her Fresno shelter for youthful runaways.
The immaculate home, loved and well taken care of, sits on over 12 acres of tranquil, scenic horse country.
Here was a woman who traveled with a can of Lysol to sanitize even the most immaculate bathrooms.
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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…."
IMMACULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of immaculate for English Language Learners
: perfectly clean
: having no flaw or error
IMMACULATE Defined for Kids
Definition of immaculate for Students
1 : perfectly clean
2 : having no flaw or error He has an immaculate record.
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