Definition of immemorial in English:

immemorial

adjective

  • Originating in the distant past; very old.

    ‘an immemorial custom’
    • ‘The more you experience this contrast and this distance, the more you will feel the importance, for us, of an immemorial past and a distant future.’
    • ‘By the will of God, these days add to your immemorial past, your share of glory and victory.’
    • ‘The right is ‘to indulge in lawful sports and pastimes’ while avoiding the need to prove an immemorial custom or legal origin which would establish a class A or class B green.’
    • ‘This isn't to say that the artists who broke with their immemorial tradition did so all at once, or that, having done so, they created nothing beautiful.’
    • ‘The jigsaw fairy lights appeared ephemeral; the dark, immemorial and timeless.’
    • ‘Zola's cheese shop was aptly set in the new market halls, built in the 1850s, for it depicted modern commerce and not immemorial rural custom.’
    • ‘Their crucial years between adolescence and adulthood are spent in some of the most moving buildings in England, surrounded by beautiful gardens and immemorial traditions.’
    • ‘Our ancestors from times immemorial used this prehistory track as they travelled with their flocks and it is thought to have been the route taken by the early travellers to Stonehenge.’
    • ‘Storytelling and religion are depicted as legitimizing existing power relations by appealing to the sanctity of immemorial traditions.’
    • ‘Carefully placed to capture and reflect light, water softens and cools the interior in the immemorial Hispanic tradition.’
    • ‘On the one hand, he conceded that the old rites had the weight of immemorial tradition behind them, and no doubt propitiated malevolent spirits.’
    • ‘In fact we have a long tradition of protecting nature and have protected reserves from times immemorial.’
    • ‘But my London love - just like my London hate - is no mere catalogue of pursuits: it's a sense of belonging to a vast agglomeration of almost immemorial human desire, ambition and endeavour.’
    • ‘Now add the many sayings of immemorial antiquity, although the early bird getting a worm for his punctuality is hardly inspirational imagery for those among us with more discriminating palates.’
    • ‘Awarded the Military Cross, he took lives to save others, contributing to the ‘long-famous glories, immemorial shames of war’.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, this immemorial and ubiquitous trauma is perpetuating the dream of an eternal and perfectly just, that is, paradisical life.’
    • ‘For example, we are already seeing nostalgic laments of the loss of the immemorial rights of Internet users.’
    • ‘Noah and his family understood this dependency on other living creatures when they devised the ark and its immemorial zoo.’
    • ‘Because they will be part of that immemorial conversation of humankind about how we shall live.’
    • ‘We yearn, with that immemorial human ache, to find someone to blame - but whom?’
    ancient, old, very old, age-old, antediluvian, timeless, dateless, archaic, long-standing, long-lived, time-worn, time-honoured
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Origin

Early 17th century from medieval Latin immemorialis, from in- ‘not’ + memorialis ‘relating to the memory’.

Pronunciation

immemorial

/ɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl/