time immemorial

noun

Definition of time immemorial

1 :time so long past as to be indefinite in history or tradition called also time out of mind
2 :a time antedating a period legally fixed as the basis for a custom or right

First Known Use of time immemorial

1602


Law Dictionary

time immemorial

noun time im·me·mo·ri·al \ -ˌi-mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

legal Definition of time immemorial

1 :a time beyond legal memory formerly fixed by English law as the beginning of the reign of Richard I in 1189 but modified in common law
2 :a time going back beyond the memory of any living person

Learn More about time immemorial


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up time immemorial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak evil of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!