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
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First Known Use of indescribable

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indescribable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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