ir·​re·​place·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \

Definition of irreplaceable

: not replaceable an irreplaceable antique

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Other Words from irreplaceable

irreplaceability \ ˌir-​i-​ˌplā-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \ noun
irreplaceableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \ noun
irreplaceably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈplā-​sə-​blē How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irreplaceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Cocker Spaniel Lupo is undoubtedly irreplaceable, The Telegraph has reported that Duchess Kate and Prince William have acquired a new puppy, thanks to James Middleton. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Are "Besotted" with Their New Puppy from James Middleton," 24 Jan. 2021 Along with these picks, Dr. Anthony Fauci — whose work has been irreplaceable during the pandemic so far — will work closely with the new administration. Elly Belle,, "Rachel Levine Will Be The First Openly Trans Woman To Hold National Office In The U.S.," 19 Jan. 2021 Cardboard cutouts and Zoom screens are two-dimensional stand-ins for the irreplaceable. New York Times, "Our Altered View of Sports After 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 That means losing elders to the virus could wipe out irreplaceable pieces of culture. Author: Christine Fernando, Anchorage Daily News, "Tribes try to shield elders and their knowledge from virus," 28 Dec. 2020 Our region lost a giant, one who in many ways will be irreplaceable. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Benny Napoleon was good to our businesses," 19 Dec. 2020 Apple is perhaps the world’s best candidate for a truly irreplaceable asset. William Levin, National Review, "Why Are Tech Stocks at Record Highs?," 11 Dec. 2020 Brilliant but down to earth, Samuelson is virtually irreplaceable. Rick Kogan,, "Who and what we lost in 2020: From notable artists to Chicago experiences, they’re gone or changed but not forgotten," 11 Dec. 2020 Snow’s response: grab a shovel and start to replace the irreplaceable. Dustin Renwick, Environment, "How one city plans to recover from losing most of its trees," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of irreplaceable

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Irreplaceable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of irreplaceable

: too valuable or rare to be replaced : not replaceable


ir·​re·​place·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce irreplaceable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irreplaceable

: too valuable or too rare to be replaced The stolen art is irreplaceable.

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