time immemorial


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

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So much so, in fact, that nearly every culture makes, and has made for time immemorial, some version of chicken soup, or at least, broth. Aleksandra Crapanzano, Marie Claire, "Can Eating Chicken Soup Give You Better Skin?," 12 Oct. 2018 The reality is that Native peoples have existed in North America since time immemorial, continue to do so in the present, and will remain here long in the future. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "DNA Tests Are Not An Indicator of Native Identity," 19 Oct. 2018 Hosting an over-the-top party is an art the one percent has been perfecting since time immemorial. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "The New Breed of Birthday Celebration? Lavish International Parties," 30 Nov. 2018 And of course, there have been nerds since time immemorial; Leonardo da Vinci was a nerd, Ben Franklin was a nerd, Albert Einstein was the quintessential nerd. Recode Staff, Recode, "How ‘hackers, founders, and freaks’ built Silicon Valley," 3 Aug. 2018 Baseball players have shoved sticky pink wads into their mouths for time immemorial, particularly as a way to replace—or cover up—their nasty tobacco habits. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 So Juan, Maxine Waters, a fixture, a fixture from time immemorial. Fox News, "Trump, Democrats gear up for Supreme Court showdown," 3 July 2018 Yet, this land has been my family’s home since time immemorial. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "The Current Border Crisis Feels All Too Familiar for Indigenous Peoples in the United States," 12 July 2018 People have been whispering among themselves about Spanish-speaking immigrants, Muslims mosques and black people moving into their neighborhoods since time immemorial. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of time immemorial

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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time immemorial

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

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