time·​less ˈtīm-ləs How to pronounce timeless (audio)
: not restricted to a particular time or date
the timeless themes of love, solitude, joy, and natureWriter
: having no beginning or end : eternal
: not affected by time : ageless
archaic : premature, untimely
timelessly adverb
timelessness noun

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It doesn't take time to understand the origin of timeless. Time comes from Old English tīd, which is tied to Middle English tide, meaning "time" and in Modern English "the regular upward and downward movement of the level of the ocean."

Examples of timeless in a Sentence

The dresses that she designs are elegant and timeless. the timeless beauty of the sea
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of timeless was circa 1560


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“Timeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timeless. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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time·​less ˈtīm-ləs How to pronounce timeless (audio)
: not restricted to a certain time or date
timelessly adverb
timelessness noun

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