un·​rec·​og·​niz·​able | \ ˌən-ˈre-kəg-ˌnī-zə-bəl , -kig-\

Definition of unrecognizable

: incapable of being identified or recognized : not recognizable The beaches were unrecognizable after the hurricane. He was unrecognizable without his mustache.

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unrecognizableness noun
unrecognizably \ ˌən-​ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​blē , -​kig-​ \ adverb
an unrecognizably altered landscape

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The mother of Stormi has decided that the final 24 hours of the year are just the perfect opportunity to undergo a major makeover, which has left the star almost unrecognizable thanks to her most colorful hair yet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Hair Is Now Super Short and Bright Blue," 31 Dec. 2018 Forti’s images are contingent, sometimes partial, sometimes unrecognizable. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Sweat lodge, Audre Lorde, magical holograms: Three stellar art shows that pull you to another place," 10 Mar. 2018 Shifting those gears, by contrast, is almost unrecognizable. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 The triple threat hit the red carpet for the A Star Is Born premiere looking unrecognizable in a bright blonde bob and blunt bangs, confirming that the lobs that dominated red carpets over the summer are about to get even shorter for fall. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Julianne Hough Got a Brand-New Bob Haircut With Bangs," 25 Sep. 2018 But ringing in her ninth season at his Fall 2019 show in Brooklyn tonight, Lish was rendered nearly unrecognizable (yes, even despite that unmistakable, otherworldly beauty of hers) by an extreme hair color switch up. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Wang Gang Model Just Went Extreme Platinum Blonde for the Alexander Wang Runway," 2 Dec. 2018 At the time, Zendaya was the star of two Disney shows, but her name was still virtually unrecognizable in mainstream media. Tasbeeh Herwees, The Verge, "How a superstar stylist turned Céline Dion and Zendaya into Instagram icons," 13 Sep. 2018 Rihanna has a way of doing covers like no other, virtually unrecognizable from one to the next (including album covers). Andrea Park, Allure, "Rihanna's Eyebrows Got a Pencil-Thin Makeover for Her British Vogue Cover," 1 Aug. 2018 Depp’s voice performance as the quirky Sherlock Gnomes is unrecognizable and rather uninspired. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ is just OK," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unrecognizable

1817, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecognizable

: not able to be identified or recognized

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