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[en-vee-uh-buh l] /ˈɛn vi ə bəl/
worthy of envy; very desirable:
an enviable position.
Origin of enviable
1595-1605; envy + -able
Related forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
nonenviable, adjective
nonenviableness, noun
nonenviably, adverb
unenviable, adjective
unenviably, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
advantageous, fortunate, lucky. Unabridged
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  • Children, being regarded by Muslim parents as enviable blessings, are to them objects of the most anxious solicitude.

  • Certainly, Arthur Beaufort is the most enviable fellow in Europe.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To us boys, Jack was a delightful character, in an enviable situation, but to older people he was a mystery.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • The post of baggage master on a railroad train is not an enviable one.

  • Si had gained that enviable position in the regiment where he could always have plenty of followers to anything that he proposed.

British Dictionary definitions for enviable


exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
Derived Forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for enviable

c.1600, from envy + -able. Related: Enviably.

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