Definition of "time immemorial" [time immemorial]

  • Time long past, beyond memory or record. Also called time out of mind. (noun)
  • Law Time antedating legal records. (noun)

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Use "time immemorial" in a sentence
  • "The conventional thinker will inevitably be shocked by Mrs. Stetson's ungloved handling of a relation which has been from time immemorial regarded as, on the one hand, sacred and beautiful, or, on the other, wanton and unmentionable."
  • "But by the Barnwell Process of 1430, it was decided that "transcribers, illuminators, bookbinders, and stationers have been, and are wont and ought to be -- as well by ancient usage from time immemorial undisturbedly exercised, as by concession of the Apostolic See -- the persons belong and are subject to the ecclesiastical and spiritual jurisdiction of the Chancellor of the University for the time being.""
  • "Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, a relic of which has been venerated since time immemorial in the cathedral of Mentone."