1 ancient beyond memory or record.
2 very old.
immemorially adv.
Etymology: med.L immemorialis (as IN-(1), MEMORIAL)

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  • immémorial — immémorial, iale, iaux [ i(m)memɔrjal, jo ] adj. • 1509; lat. médiév. immemorialis ♦ Qui remonte à une époque si ancienne qu elle est sortie de la mémoire. Usage immémorial. De temps immémorial : de toute antiquité. En des temps immémoriaux. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Immemorial — Im me*mo ri*al, a. [Pref. im not + memorial: cf. F. imm[ e]morial.] Extending beyond the reach of memory, record, or tradition; indefinitely ancient; as, existing from time immemorial. Immemorial elms. Tennyson. Immemorial usage or custom. Sir M …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • immémorial — immémorial, ale (i mmé mo ri al, a l ) adj. Qui est si ancien, qu il n en reste aucune mémoire. Des priviléges immémoriaux. •   être en possession immémoriale, PATRU Plaidoyer 3, dans RICHELET. •   La coutume immémoriale qui encourage les femmes… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • immemorial — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. immémorial (16c.) old beyond memory, from M.L. immemorialis, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + memorialis (see MEMORIAL (Cf. memorial)). Something immemorial is ancient beyond memory;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • immemorial — Immemorial, [immemori]ale. adj. Qui est si ancien qu il n y a point de memoire quand il a commencé. De temps immemorial. une coustume immemoriale. un usage immemorial …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • immemorial — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ existing from before what can be remembered or found in records: from time immemorial. DERIVATIVES immemorially adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Immemorial — (v. lat.), undenkbar; woran sich Niemand mehr erinnert; daher Immemorialverjährung, eine Verjährung über Menschengedenken …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • immemorial — [adj] ancient, old age old, archaic, fixed, forever, long standing, of yore, olden, prehistoric, primeval, rooted, time honored, traditional; concepts 578,797,799 Ant. current, lately, memorable, new, recent, young …   New thesaurus

  • immemorial — [im΄ə môr′ē əl] adj. [ML immemorialis: see IN 2 & MEMORIAL] extending back beyond memory or record; ancient immemorially adv …   English World dictionary

  • immemorial — [[t]ɪ̱mɪmɔ͟ːriəl[/t]] 1) PHRASE (emphasis) If you say that something has been happening since time immemorial or from time immemorial, you are emphasizing that it has been happening for many centuries. [LITERARY] It has remained virtually… …   English dictionary

  • immemorial — im|me|mo|ri|al [ ,ımə mɔriəl ] adjective LITERARY extremely old: immemorial hills from/since time immemorial for an extremely long time: the forces that have governed people s lives from time immemorial …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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