im·​mor·​tal | \ (ˌ)i-ˈmȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce immortal (audio) \

Definition of immortal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : exempt from death the immortal gods
2 : exempt from oblivion : imperishable immortal fame
3 : connected with or relating to immortality
4 : able or tending to divide indefinitely immortal cell lines produced in culture



Definition of immortal (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one exempt from death
b immortals or Immortals plural : the gods of the Greek and Roman pantheon
2a : a person whose fame is lasting
b capitalized : any of the 40 members of the Académie Française

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immortally \ (ˌ)i-​ˈmȯr-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce immortally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of immortal in a Sentence

Adjective the age-old quest for immortal fame vowed that his hatred of that family was immortal and that someday he'd get his revenge
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to fellow immortal Andy (Charlize Theron), Nile is one of several fighters in human history chosen to essentially live forever, and her purpose is to work alongside the other members of The Old Guard as a warrior for good. Ineye Komonibo,, "Kiki Layne’s Reluctant The Old Guard Hero Is An All-Too Accurate Sign Of The Times," 12 July 2020 An immortal Charlize Theron walks tall and carries a sweet ax in Netflix's 'The Old Guard' Q: The film also boasts diversity in front of and behind the camera. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "'Mom, honk!' Charlize Theron talks 'The Old Guard,' how she's talking to her children about the protests," 10 July 2020 Starring Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film—which arrives July 10—focuses on a group of immortal mercenaries who have been defending the mortal world for centuries. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this weekend on Netflix, Hulu, and more," 10 July 2020 Charlize Theron leads a group of immortal mercenaries in an adaptation of the comics by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Friday: ‘The Claudia Kishi Club’ on Netflix," 10 July 2020 Netflix's latest action movie has everything – war, immortal mercenaries, action scenes – and a Cincinnati-native as the lead. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "New Netflix action movie 'The Old Guard' stars Cincinnati native KiKi Layne," 9 July 2020 The actress stars in Netflix's new action film The Old Guard as an immortal mercenary who leads and trains a group of fellow warriors. Ale Russian,, "Charlize Theron 'Finally' Conquered Her Fear of Riding Horses for New Movie: 'It Was Therapeutic'," 8 July 2020 This can only mean one thing: After centuries of having no new candidates for membership, there’s now another immortal out there. Cary Darling,, "Review: Charlize Theron’s ‘Old Guard’ could launch new superhero franchise on Netflix," 7 July 2020 For Charlize Theron's immortal warrior woman Andy, forever is a long ways away. Nick Romano,, "Charlize Theron leads a band of immortal warriors in new The Old Guard trailer," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film also stars Luca Marinelli (Trust, Martin Eden) as Nicky and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) as Copley, who seeks to capture the immortals so they can be weaponized. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Charlize Theron is a badass immortal in action-packed The Old Guard trailer," 21 May 2020 Learn from millennia of aspiring immortals, syphilitics, and sushi over-consumers, and just say no. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Liquid Mercury Is So Damn Weird," 19 Feb. 2020 Created by Celestials, the Eternals are a team of godlike immortals with special powers who come out of hiding when their mortal enemies threaten the safety of the Earth. Ineye Komonibo,, "Brian Tyree Henry Is One-Half Of Marvel’s First Gay Couple In The Eternals," 13 Feb. 2020 And the hallowed golf immortals—like U.S. Open champs Nicklaus, Watson and Woods—that shadow your every shot? David Weiss, WSJ, "Are Elite Golf Courses Worth the Steep Fees?," 22 Jan. 2020 The forthcoming superhero movie is due for release on November 6, 2020, and follows a group of immortals with superpowers called the Eternals and their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Just Wore a Slinky White Slipdress Grocery Shopping," 29 Oct. 2019 Now, Marvel's forthcoming film about a group of powerful immortals, aptly titled Eternals, has joined Jolie's mix. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can You Recognize Angelina Jolie as a Platinum Blonde?," 27 Sep. 2019 They are not venerated immortals in our cultural memory, but relegated to history books as warnings, reminding us not to repeat the past. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: There is no gray area in Stapleton name debate (8/30/19)," 1 Sep. 2019 Sale got one more out, then gave up hard singles to immortals Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Collapsing Red Sox more about MIA stars than missed calls," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of immortal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for immortal


Middle English, from Latin immortalis, from in- + mortalis mortal

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“Immortal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of immortal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not capable of dying : living forever
used to say that something will last or be remembered forever



English Language Learners Definition of immortal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an immortal being (such as a god or goddess)
: a famous person who will never be forgotten


im·​mor·​tal | \ i-ˈmȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce immortal (audio) \

Kids Definition of immortal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: living or lasting forever Humans are not immortal.



Kids Definition of immortal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a being that lives forever : a god or goddess
2 : a person of lasting fame baseball immortals

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