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[ih-mak-yuh-lit] /ɪˈmæk yə lɪt/
free from spot or stain; spotlessly clean:
immaculate linen.
free from moral blemish or impurity; pure; undefiled.
free from fault or flaw; free from errors:
an immaculate text.
Biology. having no spots or colored marks; unicolor.
Origin of immaculate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin immaculātus unspotted. See im-2, maculate
Related forms
[ih-mak-yuh-luh-see] /ɪˈmæk yə lə si/ (Show IPA),
immaculateness, noun
immaculately, adverb
unimmaculate, adjective
unimmaculately, adverb
unimmaculateness, noun
2. irreproachable, blameless, unimpeachable, unexceptionable. Unabridged
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  • All of the vehicles are immaculately clean and meticulously engineered.
  • The chorus was a marvel of focussed pitch and blended tone: in the opening bars, the sopranos immaculately pierced the air.
  • No other opera in the repertory is so immaculately crafted to deliver its thrills on cue.
  • She is composed and well spoken, has sparkling blue eyes, and is immaculately groomed.
  • Listening closely, you could hear how immaculately crafted these performances were.
  • The mirror-mosaic frontage and mismatched alfresco furniture hides an interior that is immaculately styled.
  • The monument is surrounded by immaculately kept gardens.
  • It is situated on a property that is immaculately landscaped.
  • The interior of the home was immaculately maintained.
  • Hospital facilities on farms should be kept immaculately clean.
British Dictionary definitions for immaculately


completely clean; extremely tidy: his clothes were immaculate
completely flawless, etc: an immaculate rendering of the symphony
morally pure; free from sin or corruption
(biology) of only one colour, with no spots or markings
Derived Forms
immaculacy, immaculateness, noun
immaculately, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin immaculātus, from im- (not) + macula blemish
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Word Origin and History for immaculately



early 15c., "free from mental or moral pollution, pure," from a figurative use of Latin immaculatus "unstained," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + maculatus "spotted, defiled," past participle of maculare "to spot," from macula "spot, blemish." The literal sense of "spotlessly clean or neat" in English is first attested 1735. Immaculate Conception is late 15c., from Middle French conception immaculée (late 15c.); declared to be an article of faith in 1854.

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