un·​place·​able | \ ˌən-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce unplaceable (audio) \

Definition of unplaceable

: not able to be put in, assigned to, or identified with a particular place : not placeable an unplaceable accent

Examples of unplaceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere, the bold and unplaceable bronze lamps turn out to have been commissioned by Fribourg, custom made for the house by the French sculptor Otto Freed. Guy Trebay, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2021 There are so many emergencies, so many disasters both past and present and probably future, that the images feel both familiar and unplaceable. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2020 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020 The start of spring has an unmistakable, yet unplaceable smell. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2020 Eugene Levy portrayed Johnny with an owlish deadpan, and Catherine O’Hara, his frequent collaborator on the Canadian sketch circuit, granted Moira a loopy flair, an unplaceable accent, and a gonzo lexicon. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2020 Artists were photographed wearing banker suits and smoking Montecristos, strove to be featured in ads for Absolut Vodka, caroused with real estate magnates and deep-pocketed promoters with unplaceable accents. Luc Sante, The New York Review of Books, 24 Mar. 2020 My First Film mastermind Zia Anger winds these elements into something altogether unplaceable and surreal. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 Nov. 2019 Instead, opt for one that is unplaceable and doesn’t fall into a specific look. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unplaceable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Unplaceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplaceable. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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