im·mor·tal | \ (ˌ)i-ˈmȯr-tᵊl \

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 \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for immortal

Synonyms: Adjective

ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, eternal, everlasting, permanent, perpetual, undying, unending

Antonyms: Adjective

impermanent, mortal, temporary, transient

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Examples of immortal in a Sentence


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

The drug kingpin only seems immortal, calmly dodging his enemies and competitors for decades. Matthew Gilbert,, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 The title of this short-story collection story tells of a future in which a computer has managed to kill off all but a few humans, keep them immortal, and torture them eternally. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 2018 Actors Theatre of Louisville presents Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to do? Check out these events in Louisville starting Thursday," 31 Oct. 2017 These immortal, undead creatures are dragging with middle-age malaise, desperate for a date night away from the kids. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Monsters go on vacation in 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 12 July 2018 These powerful cells, immortal in a lab dish, are able to develop into any of the 200 different cell types in the human body. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 West teamed up with Wilt to win a championship in 1972, which came in five games against the Knicks two months after Wilt's immortal Ursa Major bash. Jack Mccallum,, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018 Chaney gave Dracula just enough immortal swagger in the flick, the first to actually show a vampire turning into a bat. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Ranking the best movie Draculas, from Bela Lugosi to Adam Sandler," 9 July 2018 That isn’t the only reason that Miss Brodie’s students — or the audience for David Harrower’s new adaptation of Muriel Spark’s immortal 1961 novel — can’t take their eyes off her. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Teams spent like drunken sailors, lavishing long-term, big-money deals on not-so-immortals such as Bismack Biyombo and Timofey Mozgov. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 Not all the performances from the nineteen-eighties are at the same level, but the best ones, recorded live at concerts, put him among the immortals. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 Ultimately, in Season 5, Episode 11, writers have seemingly given Klaroline shippers a sense of closure, finally allowing the two immortals to admit their true feelings to one another. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, ""The Originals" Characters Klaus and Caroline Show Signs of an Abusive Relationship," 18 Apr. 2018 On the second day of the last week of the Lakers rebuild, the immortals gathered on a makeshift stage outside Staples Center to toast the unveiling of Elgin Baylor’s statue. Lee Jenkins,, "Summer of Showtime: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Lakers," 17 Apr. 2018 Yeats’s speaker has gained prophetic vision through sharing in the drink of the Country of the Young—the land of the immortals, in Irish myth. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "“My Sparkling Brain”: Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis at Age 27," 2 Mar. 2018 The immortals in Highlander believed there could only be one. Alex Prewitt,, "For the NHL's Two Sebastian Ahos, the Similarities Run Deeper Than Their Name," 21 Feb. 2018 Scooter Gennett’s found a way to put himself in the company of some of the game’s immortals. C. Trent Rosecrans,, "Scooter Gennett's numbers put him in elite company," 22 Sep. 2017 Critics raise many objections to transhumanism, including overpopulation and the socioeconomic divide between mortals and elite immortals, which some think might beget dystopia. Joelle Renstrom, Slate Magazine, "Orphan Black Was Never About Cloning," 13 Aug. 2017

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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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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 \

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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