Definition of immaculate in US English:



  • 1(especially of a person or their clothes) perfectly clean, neat, or tidy.

    ‘an immaculate white suit’
    • ‘And sometimes, if we watch for it, we can catch a full glimpse of the man himself, all clad in immaculate white.’
    • ‘The song leader on a platform and in an immaculate white sweater would intone such hymns as Abide With Me while the visitors might be allowed a decorous Auld Lang Syne.’
    • ‘After a while the door opened and a man entered, looking immaculate in a Russian uniform.’
    • ‘Their townhouse is immaculate, with white walls and gleaming appliances in the small kitchen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His immaculate lawn received his devoted attention even when he was working.’
    • ‘They've done a beautiful job renovating it - it's absolutely immaculate, unlike the rest of the university.’
    • ‘Being a prince, he was naturally very concerned with such issues as hygiene and sanitation, and he felt anything but immaculate or tidy right now!’
    • ‘A man was sitting behind the desk, clean and immaculate (both the desk and the man).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has floppy hair, nearly invisible glasses and wears an immaculate suit.’
    • ‘The neat frame building bore a skin of immaculate white clapboard, the tall, pyramidal steeple above the front door shingled with new cedar shakes.’
    • ‘An overnight downpour had turned the streets into canals, and the normally immaculate white car emerged from the village streaked with brown mud.’
    • ‘The woman proceeds to clean the already immaculate room.’
    • ‘It was, indeed, a tunic and breeches, in the emerald and gold of the Warriors, in immaculate condition, clean and pressed.’
    • ‘The door at number 10 Downing Street always looks to be in immaculate condition.’
    • ‘But I was surprised by the immaculate white bedding.’
    • ‘The driver then turns toward the doorway, smiling and revealing blindingly white, perfectly immaculate teeth.’
    • ‘Madame Antoine's place is immaculate, clean, and white.’
    • ‘The girls were dressed in their immaculate white communion dresses and the boys wore appropriate suits.’
    clean, spotless, pristine, unsoiled, unstained, unsullied, speckless, ultra-clean
    perfect, pristine, mint, as good as new
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    1. 1.1 Free from flaws or mistakes; perfect.
      ‘an immaculate safety record’
      • ‘To have evaluated a safety programme by using this immaculate design is a huge credit to the investigators and their funding bodies.’
      • ‘The handwriting was immaculate, the spacing of the words almost perfect.’
      • ‘Her images of frothy, blossoming, extruding, immaculate clouds appear to be records of marvels, but are, in fact, marvels themselves.’
      • ‘Despite an immaculate service record it would seem this knight of the realm is to be treated as an enemy of the state in retirement.’
      • ‘She turns out to have immaculate manners, a perfectly adequate sense of humour and an entirely rational fear of what we Brits will make of her.’
      • ‘I think the Queen has been absolutely immaculate in staying out.’
      • ‘His timing is immaculate, defence solid and his shot execution is a connoisseur's delight.’
      • ‘He also continued his immaculate kicking statistics, keeping a 100% record yesterday while grabbing 11 points.’
      • ‘The European Diving Centre prides itself on an immaculate safety record - not even a hint of an incident in 5 years.’
      • ‘The traditions of the citizens were abolished, the immaculate webs of tradition obscured by the dust of centuries, the dust of forgetfulness.’
      • ‘They challenge and resist the false notion of immaculate textual purity and authenticity.’
      • ‘Reason has never known how to live with its own immaculate, hard-hearted arguments.’
      • ‘Her leadership resulted in the unit's unprecedented zero Class C mishaps and an immaculate safety track record.’
      • ‘A troubled doctor who claimed an immaculate professional record has avoided being struck off, despite selling a hoard of potent narcotics from his surgery.’
      • ‘Cosby's preternatural calm offers clues to his success as a performer - his immaculate timing - but also his success as a person.’
      • ‘She kept immaculate records of everything, Amanda thought.’
      unblemished, spotless, pure, impeccable, unsullied, undefiled, untarnished, stainless
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    2. 1.2Theology (in the Roman Catholic Church) free from sin.
      • ‘That's why we're convinced that the pregnancy was an immaculate conception.’
      • ‘We will not go into the difference between the immaculate conception and virgin birth.’
    3. 1.3Zoology Botany Uniformly colored without spots or other marks.
      • ‘My first session in December fishing to the spots produced a lovely long immaculate 18 lb plus common.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their immaculate feathers impervious to sleet and rain, a pair of white-capped albatross engage in affectionate courtship rituals.’
      • ‘Apart from its dorsal fin it was immaculate and spun the scales round to 23 lb 4oz.’


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