pre·​sent·​able | \ pri-ˈzen-tə-bəl How to pronounce presentable (audio) \

Definition of presentable

1 : capable of being presented
2 : being in condition to be seen or inspected especially by the critical

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Other Words from presentable

presentability \ pri-​ˌzen-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce presentable (audio) \ noun
presentableness \ pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce presentable (audio) \ noun
presentably \ pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​blē How to pronounce presentable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of presentable in a Sentence

I have to make myself presentable before our guests arrive.
Recent Examples on the Web Shannon Gibney, Minneapolis author Showering and looking presentable on a regular basis. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "What are you going to do when the pandemic is over? These Minnesotans know," 30 Mar. 2021 Odegaard pulled a presentable chance wide with his left foot when the ball fell to him in the box early on. Joshua Law, Forbes, "Arsenal’s Mixed Display Vs. Olympiacos Provided More Questions Than Answers Before Derby," 12 Mar. 2021 From Maison Margiela to Rick Owens, this season saw a proliferation of second skin knits—garments that stay close to the body (comfortable) but look nothing like athleisure wear (presentable). Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Clingy, Stretchy, Meshy—This Spring Is All About Second Skin Dressing," 24 Feb. 2021 In the New Yorker, writer Rachel Syme recently described her own effort to keep her look presentable despite being stuck at home. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The shelter-at-home era poses a fundamental challenge to fashion," 29 Dec. 2020 The combination takes the boot out of the bedroom for a presentable, on-the-go chic look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Even Dua Lipa Loves a Classic Ugg Boot," 21 Dec. 2020 When the holiday season rolls around, having a presentable set of pajamas to hang around in is key—so why should your slipper game be any different? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Slip Into the Holiday Season With 16 Pairs of Warm and Fuzzy Slippers," 14 Dec. 2020 So here was another dad-rocker Pro-Tooling his sideline musings and chord changes into presentable foist-it-on-your-friends form. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "A Dad-Rocker in the State Department," 7 Dec. 2020 Ernie Hahn — For somehow making the Sports Arena presentable. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Finding time to give thanks, even in 2020," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of presentable

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of presentable was circa 1626

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“Presentable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of presentable

: in good enough condition to be seen by someone : not too dirty, messy, etc., to be seen


pre·​sent·​able | \ pri-ˈzen-tə-bəl How to pronounce presentable (audio) \

Kids Definition of presentable

: having a satisfactory or pleasing appearance Make yourself presentable.

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