in·​de·​scrib·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈskrī-bə-bəl How to pronounce indescribable (audio) \

Definition of indescribable

1 : that cannot be described an indescribable sensation
2 : surpassing description indescribable joy

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Other Words from indescribable

indescribableness noun
indescribably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈskrī-​bə-​blē How to pronounce indescribably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of indescribable in a Sentence

the indescribable immensity of Mount Everest
Recent Examples on the Web But The Way Back has an indescribable something that’s missing from so many modern movies. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Ben Affleck Channels the Bitter Sharpness of Shame in The Way Back," 5 Mar. 2020 And a true peace deal would bring welcome relief not just to the United States, but also to an Afghan nation that has seen indescribable pain and suffering. Time, "President Trump's Disgraceful Peace Deal with the Taliban," 3 Mar. 2020 The storm also is blamed for 90 injuries and indescribable damage in Lee and Macon counties. Leigh Morgan, al, "Remembering a deadly Alabama tornado one year later," 3 Mar. 2020 And the pre-kickoff emotions figure to be indescribable. Eric Branch,, "Super Bowl pits 49ers’ Embree coaches against Chiefs’ Embree coach," 31 Jan. 2020 Finally, every Sundance has those one-of-a-kind, indescribable documentaries that are like nothing else. cleveland, "39 essential films to see at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 23 Jan. 2020 That same indescribable sense of bliss is also the perfect inspiration for the first nail art trend of the new decade: cloud nails. Megan Decker,, "“Cloud Nails” Are Trending For Winter — & They’re So Dreamy," 10 Jan. 2020 My first long-distance race had filled me with indescribable joy, peace, and pride. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The boutique fitness industry’s mission to monetize community," 1 Jan. 2020 Lawrence Durrell, a master of description, thought it indescribable. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of indescribable

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indescribable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indescribable

: impossible to describe : very great or extreme


in·​de·​scrib·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈskrī-bə-bəl How to pronounce indescribable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indescribable

: impossible to describe indescribable beauty

Other Words from indescribable

indescribably \ -​blē \ adverb

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