What does ineffable mean?

Definitions for ineffableɪnˈɛf ə bəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indefinable, indescribable, ineffable, unspeakable, untellable, unutterable(adj)

    defying expression or description

    "indefinable yearnings"; "indescribable beauty"; "ineffable ecstasy"; "inexpressible anguish"; "unspeakable happiness"; "unutterable contempt"; "a thing of untellable splendor"

  2. ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable(adj)

    too sacred to be uttered

    "the ineffable name of the Deity"


  1. ineffable(Adjective)

    Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.

  2. ineffable(Adjective)

    Forbidden to be uttered; taboo.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1450. From ineffable, from ineffabilis, from in- + effor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ineffable(adj)

    incapable of being expresses in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable; as, the ineffable joys of heaven

  2. Origin: [L. ineffabilis: cf. F. ineffable. See In- not, and Effable, Fame.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ineffable

    in-ef′a-bl, adj. that cannot be described, inexpressible.—n. Ineff′ableness.—adv. Ineff′ably. [Fr.,—L. ineffabilisin, not, effabilis, effable.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ineffable in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ineffable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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