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Line breaks: im¦macu|late
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmakjʊlət

Definition of immaculate in English:


1Perfectly clean, neat, or tidy: an immaculate white suit
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  • Returning from his grimy hours of manual labour, he dives into a hotel to wash away the dirt, emerging clean and immaculate in a fresh suit and tie.
  • The driver then turns toward the doorway, smiling and revealing blindingly white, perfectly immaculate teeth.
  • He was dressed in an immaculate white suit, and had an absolutely fantastic bushy mustache that twitched like a live squirrel every time he spoke.
shining, shiny, gleaming;
neat, tidy, neat and tidy, spick and span, neat as a new pin
excellent, impeccable, prime, peak
informal tip-top, A1
1.1Free from flaws or mistakes; perfect: an immaculate safety record
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  • Her leadership resulted in the unit's unprecedented zero Class C mishaps and an immaculate safety track record.
  • The European Diving Centre prides itself on an immaculate safety record - not even a hint of an incident in 5 years.
  • A troubled doctor who claimed an immaculate professional record has avoided being struck off, despite selling a hoard of potent narcotics from his surgery.
1.2 Theology (In the Roman Catholic Church) free from sin.
Example sentences
  • We will not go into the difference between the immaculate conception and virgin birth.
  • That's why we're convinced that the pregnancy was an immaculate conception.
2 Botany & Zoology Uniformly coloured without spots or other marks.
Example sentences
  • Apart from its dorsal fin it was immaculate and spun the scales round to 23 lb 4oz.
  • Despite the delay in molt, male plumage does not remain immaculate.
  • Catbirds were not expected to eject other catbird eggs because both intra- and interclutch variations in the appearance of their immaculate eggs are small.


late Middle English (in the sense 'free from moral stain'): from Latin immaculatus, from in- 'not' + maculatus 'stained' (from macula 'spot').



Example sentences
  • They offer simple explanations to counter misunderstandings, linking Mary's immaculacy to her best-known manifestation of it, the virgin birth.
  • As was the case with the themes of light and Mary's immaculacy, the contrast between the Old Order and the New is expressed in ways accessible to both the most and least learned audiences.
  • Inscriptions on scrolls held by the various saints all relate to the immaculacy of the Virgin and her power to redeem from sin.


Example sentences
  • No, Casey, as usual, was dressed perfectly, immaculately, and still looked amazing.
  • She must be perfectly coiffured and immaculately presented at all times.
  • Her blonde hair is immaculately tied up in a French bun.


Example sentences
  • ‘In their quest for the most perfect likeness of Mary, early Christians discovered that of all God's creatures, none could surpass flowers in suggesting her immaculateness’.
  • Most of these are imposing in size and adorned with great monuments and statuary, but their most conspicuous feature is their immaculateness - itself an aspect of democratic culture.
  • If its democratic reform fails to achieve this, the government will be suspected of wrongdoing no matter how hard it clarifies its immaculateness.

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