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 The start of spring has an unmistakable, yet unplaceable smell. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Weird Thing That Causes the Smell of Spring," 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, "The “Schitt’s Creek” Series Finale: The Vindication of Twyla," 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, "The Sweet Smell of Hipness," 24 Mar. 2020 My First Film mastermind Zia Anger winds these elements into something altogether unplaceable and surreal. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 26 Nov. 2019 Instead, opt for one that is unplaceable and doesn’t fall into a specific look. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "5 Restaurant Design Trends Making Their Way Into Your Home Now," 17 Aug. 2018 Surrounding Merkel and Trump are a slew of other leaders, each with an unplaceable gaze. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "The combative G-7 summit, summed up in one surreal photo," 9 June 2018 In some television appearances, Ivanka seems to present a simulacrum of herself — a for-public-consumption version that is at once both poised and guarded, complete with a breathy, unplaceable accent. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "9 Things Ivanka Trump Would Like Us to Know," 12 Mar. 2018 Over the last two decades, urban architecture has become increasingly unplaceable. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "From architect to tastemaker, Bjarke Ingels is designing the future.," 2 May 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 21 Sep. 2020.

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