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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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
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
First Known Use: 15th century
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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