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im·me·mo·ri·al

 (ĭm′ə-môr′ē-əl)
adj.
Reaching beyond the limits of memory, tradition, or recorded history.

[Medieval Latin immemoriālis : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin memoriālis, memorial; see memorial.]

im′me·mo′ri·al·ly adv.

immemorial

(ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl)
adj
originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial)
[C17: from Medieval Latin immemoriālis, from Latin im- (not) + memoria memory]
ˌimmeˈmorially adv

im•me•mo•ri•al

(ˌɪm əˈmɔr i əl, -ˈmoʊr-)

adj.
extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin]
im`me•mo′ri•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.immemorial - long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history; "time immemorial"
old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"

immemorial

adjective age-old, ancient, long-standing, traditional, fixed, rooted, archaic, time-honoured, of yore, olden (archaic) a modern version of an immemorial myth

immemorial

adjective
Long past:
Translations

immemorial

[ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl] ADJinmemorial, inmemorable
from time immemorialdesde tiempo(s) inmemorial(es)

immemorial

[ˌɪmɪˈmɔːriəl] adj
since time immemorial (= for a very long time) → depuis des temps immémoriaux
from time immemorial → depuis des temps immémoriaux
(literary) (= ancient) → immémorial(e)

immemorial

adjuralt; from time immemorialseit undenklichen Zeiten, seit Urzeiten

immemorial

[ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl] adjremotissimo/a
from time immemorial → da tempo immemorabile
References in classic literature ?
Tahiti is a lofty green island, with deep folds of a darker green, in which you divine silent valleys; there is mystery in their sombre depths, down which murmur and plash cool streams, and you feel that in those umbrageous places life from immemorial times has been led according to immemorial ways.
Immemorial to all his order, this investiture alone will adequately protect him, while employed in the peculiar functions of his office.
But some of us, regarding the ocean with understanding and affection, have seen it looking old, as if the immemorial ages had been stirred up from the undisturbed bottom of ooze.
The skies they were ashen and sober; The leaves they were crisped and sere -- The leaves they were withering and sere; It was night in the lonesome October Of my most immemorial year: It was hard by the dim lake of Auber, In the misty mid region of Weir: -- It was down by the dank tarn of Auber, In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
In the rest of the world the stream of life still flowed as it had flowed for immemorial years.
Having stilled its immemorial allocution to the moon, the watch-dog was assisting a negro who, prefixing a team of mules to the plow, was flatting and sharping contentedly at his task.
The house retains its evil reputation, but the replanted vine is as orderly and well-behaved a vegetable as a nervous person could wish to sit under of a pleasant night, when the katydids grate out their immemorial revelation and the distant whippoorwill signifies his notion of what ought to be done about it.
A wind, loosened from wild places far away, steals out to blow over dewy, star-lit, immemorial hills.
Grace being said, -- for those people have their grace as well as we --though Queequeg told me that unlike us, who at such times look downwards to our platters, they, on the contrary, copying the ducks, glance upwards to the great Giver of all feasts --Grace, I say, being said, the High Priest opens the banquet by the immemorial ceremony of the island; that is, dipping his consecrated and consecrating fingers into the bowl before the blessed beverage circulates.
For Rosalind was no victim of the monster man, as you may have supposed her, no illustration of his immemorial perfidies.
In every Circular or Polygonal household it has been a habit from time immemorial -- and now has become a kind of instinct among the women of our higher classes -- that the mothers and daughters should constantly keep their eyes and mouths towards their husband and his male friends; and for a lady in a family of distinction to turn her back upon her husband would be regarded as a kind of portent, involving loss of STATUS.
Old Pretty by this time had looked round, puzzled; and seeing two people crouching under her where, by immemorial custom, there should have been only one, lifted her hind left crossly.