in·​del·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl How to pronounce indelible (audio) \

Definition of indelible

1a : that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
b : making marks that cannot easily be removed an indelible pencil
2a : lasting indelible memories
b : unforgettable, memorable an indelible performance

Other Words from indelible

indelibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌde-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indelible (audio) \ noun
indelibly \ in-​ˈde-​lə-​blē How to pronounce indelible (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of indelible in a Sentence

But the most indelible evening of the rebellion for me was the night I had first got beaten. — Amiri Baraka, The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, 1984 All wars change society and hence leave an indelible imprint on literary culture. — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review, 15 Apr. 1984 The illustrator of children's books surpasses other artists in the impressionability of his audience; it is beyond calculation, no doubt, what touches will produce an indelible effect, when the receiving surface of a child's psyche is so soft and mysteriously laden and momentous with its own raw energy. — John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 4 Dec. 1983 winning the state basketball championship was our team's most indelible experience
Recent Examples on the Web Hsu’s own experiences, and those of his core group of friends, continue on for the last third of the book, including an indelible section on the funeral. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 The plays generate their own indelible music in the reader’s mind, and recitations by celebrated actors linger in the memory. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2022 Jack Nicholson won the best actor Oscar for his indelible performance as patient Randle P. McMurphy, who flouts the tyrannical rule of Nurse Ratched in the ward. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2022 Set at a down-and-out West Virginia racetrack, this is a tour de force, creating the atmosphere of a place no one cares about except the indelible characters consigned to work there. The Week Staff, The Week, 19 Sep. 2022 Capitalizing on this remote and untouched natural bounty are the locals, in-the-know Italians, and a handful of creatives who’ve fallen for the indelible authenticity that quietly persists here. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 But Chozen wasn't Okumoto's first indelible turn as a big-screen bad guy. Kristen Baldwin,, 14 Sep. 2022 Of the theater luminaries in attendance, including Brian Stokes Mitchell, LaChanze, Norm Lewis and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, many reflected on Jones’ indelible influence on their careers. Michael Appler, Variety, 13 Sep. 2022 Performing in Yoruba and pidgin — two of Nigeria’s most popular languages — offers him the flexibility to consistently deliver catchy, indelible choruses. Nelson C.j., Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indelible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for indelible

Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete

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in·​del·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl How to pronounce indelible (audio) \

Kids Definition of indelible

1 : impossible to remove or forget He made an indelible impression.
2 : making marks not easily removed indelible ink

Other Words from indelible

indelibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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