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 immortal (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for immortal

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 In school, kids were taught that Bashar al-Assad was immortal, destined to rule over them forever. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 30 June 2021 Rafferty brought a deep sense of lonely-walk-by-the-bay melancholy to this epic retelling of a night on the town, in which Raphael Ravenscroft’s immortal sax awakens Rafferty from his morning-after hangover. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 22 June 2021 In the immortal words of Borat himself, the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards nominations are very nice. Lauren Huff,, 19 Apr. 2021 In the immortal words of Perry Como, there’s no place like home for the holidays. Madeline Swanson, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2020 Grant quickly ascended the Indians farm system, hoping to follow the immortal Satchel Paige to major league stardom in Cleveland. Nick Diunte, Forbes, 13 June 2021 Since the release of this goofy action movie about an immortal warrior, there have been four more films, two live-action series, comics, toys, novels, and so much more. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 10 June 2021 The immortal Romeo Langford replaced Walker in the Celtic starting lineup., 31 May 2021 So in this war such names as Bataan and Corregidor take their place among the world's immortal symbols of man's willingness to die for freedom. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 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, 21 May 2020 Learn from millennia of aspiring immortals, syphilitics, and sushi over-consumers, and just say no. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 1 Sep. 2019 Sale got one more out, then gave up hard singles to immortals Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera. Dan Shaughnessy,, 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 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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