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un·​touch·​able ˌən-ˈtə-chə-bəl How to pronounce untouchable (audio)
: forbidden to the touch : not to be handled
: exempt from criticism or control
: lying beyond reach
: disagreeable or defiling to the touch


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plural untouchables
: someone or something that is untouchable
… so Frey moved Keith Moreland from right-field to third base and benched Ron Cey temporarily, while Green threatened to trade heretofore untouchables.Peter Gammons
specifically, dated, offensive : a member of the lowest class in the traditional Hindu social hierarchy having in traditional Hindu belief the quality of defiling by contact a member of a higher caste : dalit

Examples of untouchable in a Sentence

Adjective The mayor believed that he was untouchable and not subject to the same laws as the rest of us. The team's record was untouchable.
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Word History

First Known Use


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untouchable was in 1607

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“Untouchable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untouchable. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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1 of 2 adjective
un·​touch·​able ˌən-ˈtəch-ə-bəl How to pronounce untouchable (audio)
: not to be touched or handled
: not to be criticized or controlled
: lying beyond the reach


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: one that is untouchable
especially : a member of the lowest social class in India

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