timeless

adjective time·less \ ˈtīm-ləs \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of timeless

1 a : not restricted to a particular time or date
  • the timeless themes of love, solitude, joy, and nature
  • Writer
b : having no beginning or end : eternal
2 : not affected by time : ageless
3 archaic : premature, untimely

timelessly

adverb

timelessness

noun

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Examples of timeless in a Sentence

  1. The dresses that she designs are elegant and timeless.

  2. the timeless beauty of the sea

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Did You Know?

Time is money. "Time is the great physician." "Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." Everyone seems to know what time is, but what does it mean to be "timeless"—that is, "without time"? Until around the turn of the 20th century, timeless was sometimes used to mean "untimely" or "premature," as in "he met his timeless end." That usage, which dates back to the late 16th century, is now considered archaic, but an equally venerable sense, "eternal" or "having no beginning or end," has proven more enduring. The two remaining senses are somewhat newer. The "not restricted to a particular time or date" meaning dates to the mid-18th century, while the most modern meaning—"ageless"—didn't exist until just before the turn of the 20th century. (By the way, the quotations we started with came from Benjamin Franklin, British statesman Benjamin Disraeli, and American writer Faith Baldwin, respectively.)

First Known Use of timeless

circa 1560


TIMELESS Defined for English Language Learners

timeless

adjective

Definition of timeless for English Language Learners

  • : staying beautiful or fashionable as time passes

  • : lasting forever


TIMELESS Defined for Kids

timeless

adjective time·less \ ˈtīm-ləs \

Definition of timeless for Students

: not restricted to a certain historical period
  • a timeless story


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