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Definition of timeless

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

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Other Words from timeless

timelessly adverb
timelessness noun

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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.)

Examples of timeless in a Sentence

The dresses that she designs are elegant and timeless. the timeless beauty of the sea
Recent Examples on the Web Owners rave about the shoes’ versatility, timeless look, high-quality materials, and most of all, their supportive feel. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, "Nordstrom Rack Just Launched a Rare Sale on 300+ Birkenstock Shoes," 14 May 2020 Style-wise, a simple look is timeless and complements many aesthetics, including farmhouse and modern. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Year's Outdoor Living Trends Bring the Comforts of Indoors to Your Backyard," 30 Apr. 2020 The song is timeless and still sounds fresh even after hundreds of listens. Glamour, "53 Best ’90s Songs That Are All That and a Bag of Chips," 31 Mar. 2020 The black-and-white tile floor has a timeless look. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Cortney Novogratz DIY'ed a Smeg Fridge for This Modern Dollhouse," 7 Jan. 2020 The result is a timeless look built around a few high-quality statement pieces. Washington Post, "How to take a sparse master bedroom from drab to fab," 17 Oct. 2019 And Marc Jacobs did a black and white tweed cape that sings of the ’60s, but is ultimately a timeless look. Melissa Magsaysay, chicagotribune.com, "5 fall fashion trends to embrace — and make uniquely yours," 6 Sep. 2019 All that said, the best part about my glasses isn't the timeless look or the ability to see clearly. Morgan Mcmullen, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Ray-Ban Prescription Glasses," 1 May 2019 Both Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o found timeless winning looks via glowing décolletage echoed by a thin shimmering headband. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "The 16 Best Oscars Beauty Looks of All Time," 23 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of timeless

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Timeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timeless. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of timeless

: staying beautiful or fashionable as time passes
: lasting forever


time·​less | \ ˈtīm-ləs How to pronounce timeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of timeless

: not restricted to a certain historical period a timeless story

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