in·de·scrib·able | \ ˌin-di-ˈskrī-bə-bəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of indescribable in a Sentence

the indescribable immensity of Mount Everest

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And his voice—almost indescribable: a bracing, off-dry white whine. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Siren Song’ Review: An Ear for What Was Next," 14 June 2018 The challenges of creating a movement from scratch are indescribable. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Read the Foreword Drake Penned For J. Prince's 'The Art & Science of Respect'," 7 June 2018 With tears down my face, and chills up my spine, the feeling of crossing that finish line was something indescribable. Alyssa Antosh, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press marathon runner of the week: Alyssa Antosh," 19 Apr. 2018 Get our daily newsletter The drama of those days was, literally, indescribable. The Economist, "Romania’s ex-president, Ion Iliescu, goes on trial," 3 May 2018 Being present for the birth of your child is obviously an indescribable experience. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why It’s So Important That Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Did Skin-to-Skin Contact With His New Daughter," 25 Apr. 2018 By saving species, zoos and aquariums also preserve the indescribable connection between people and animals, which has inspired generations of the young and young-at-heart. Robin Ganzert, Fortune, "Commentary: Want to Save the Earth? Start With Your Local Zoo.," 22 Apr. 2018 Clair brought to what now can be heard as a magnificent musical representation of the indescribable process of enlightenment. Mark Swed,, "The Pacific Symphony lives up to its name, with the help of India," 13 Apr. 2018 Residents are lifting one another up in the face of indescribable loss. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Lebanon’s heart is broken': Small town healing after 3 deaths rock Boone County," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of indescribable

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of indescribable

: impossible to describe indescribable beauty

Other words from indescribable

indescribably \-blē \ adverb

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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