unmentionable

adjective
un·​men·​tion·​able | \ ˌən-ˈmen(t)-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce unmentionable (audio) \

Definition of unmentionable

 (Entry 1 of 2)
: not fit or allowed to be mentioned or discussed : unspeakable an unmentionable topic

unmentionable

noun
Definition of unmentionable (Entry 2 of 2)
: one that is not to be mentioned or discussed: such as
a unmentionables\ ˌən-​ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəlz How to pronounce unmentionable (audio) \ plural : pants sense 1
b unmentionables plural : underwear

Examples of unmentionable in a Sentence

Adjective There are certain topics that are considered to be unmentionable.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Essentially, that’s telling the basketball gods to go do unmentionable things to themselves. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The Jazz pull off what only great teams can. They defy the basketball gods.," 23 Feb. 2021 Then, if a feet-first entry is inevitable, the most important piece of advice, for reasons both unmentionable and easily understood, is to clench your butt. Dan Koeppel, Popular Mechanics, "Taking a Fall: The 120-MPH, 35,000 Feet, 3-Minutes-To-Impact Survival Guide," 14 Feb. 2021 But that feeling of yearning and loss cannot erase family histories of unmentionable crimes. Michael Gorra, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War,' by Michael Gorra," 28 Aug. 2020 Everything was unmentionable but nothing was unimaginable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson murders changed Hollywood, explained by Joan Didion," 8 Aug. 2019 Everything was unmentionable but nothing was unimaginable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson murders changed Hollywood, explained by Joan Didion," 8 Aug. 2019 Everything was unmentionable but nothing was unimaginable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson murders changed Hollywood, explained by Joan Didion," 8 Aug. 2019 Everything was unmentionable but nothing was unimaginable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson murders changed Hollywood, explained by Joan Didion," 8 Aug. 2019 Everything was unmentionable but nothing was unimaginable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson murders changed Hollywood, explained by Joan Didion," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These three apartments offer renters the coveted ability to wash their unmentionables without scrounging for quarters or passive-aggressively trading notes about neighbors in a communal laundry room. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Three Philly apartments under $2,500 a month - with coveted private laundry," 11 July 2018 Perfect sized to hide unsightly rolls of toilet paper or any other unmentionables. The Editors At House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "Product of the Day: Bathroom Storage Basket," 18 Nov. 2013 Watch for all the celeb appearances, stay for Kendall’s NSFW cameo, featuring her rapping about her unmentionables, at the end. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Every Single KarJenner Music Video Cameo to Make Your Day That Much Brighter," 15 Mar. 2018 This novel presentation unveils myths about women's unmentionables. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar," 16 Jan. 2018 Made in the shade Stave off wrinkles and other unmentionables by taking a break from the sun and getting a spray-tan instead. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Forget June gloom, go for June glam," 2 June 2017 Now there are unmentionables for all occasions: sleeping, daily wear, the gym and more. By Bailey Shiffler Larson, star-telegram.com, "Men’s underwear subscription services are for guys who hate to shop," 7 June 2017 Made in the shade Stave off wrinkles and other unmentionables by taking a break from the sun and getting a spray-tan instead. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Forget June gloom, go for June glam," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of unmentionable

Adjective

1657, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmentionable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmentionable. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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unmentionable

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English Language Learners Definition of unmentionable

: too offensive, shocking, or embarrassing to talk about or mention

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