im·​me·​mo·​ri·​al | \ ˌi-mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce immemorial (audio) \

Definition of immemorial

: extending or existing since beyond the reach of memory, record, or tradition existing from time immemorial

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immemorially \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce immemorial (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of immemorial in a Sentence

the immemorial roots of human spirituality stories passed down from time immemorial
Recent Examples on the Web The other produces an atmosphere of sacred, immemorial calm. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The history of open memorials is perhaps best seen in spontaneous gestures of grief that are immemorial. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 The first day of class has an immemorial feel to it, an air of familiar routines eternally renewed. Carlo Rotella, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2020 To the surprise of some — me, for one — there was much in the collections created during lockdown that was frankly celebratory and that used 21st-century tools to connect with deep humanist urges and immemorial techniques. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020 Goya knew the problem and let slip the solution, which is to keep in mind that there is no solution, only an immemorial question: Now what? Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2020 Akhnaten is remarkable in its depiction of the Egyptian ruler’s piety, its immemorial-sounding rhythms, and its visual composition of illumination and acrobatics. Mary Spencer, National Review, 14 Dec. 2019 What made the Gulf War and the Iraq War different from others in the immemorial annals of human atrociousness? Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2019 The chapters, named after months in the Ethiopian calendar and suffused with an awe for the landscape, direct our attention to the immemorial, recurring rhythms of earth and sky: of rain, sowing and harvest, of weddings, births and funerals. Gaiutra Bahadur, New York Times, 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of immemorial

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immemorial

probably from French immémorial, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin immemorialis lacking memory, from Latin in- + memorialis memorial

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The first known use of immemorial was in 1602

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10 Aug 2021

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“Immemorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immemorial

: very old or ancient : from a time so long ago that it cannot be remembered

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