Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 15th century
Unique and beyond imitation
Impossible to duplicate or copy
Examples of Inimitable in a sentence
"Vermeer's works are unparalleled because of his masterly, inimitable ability to paint light."
"His legendary skills on the electric guitar are inimitable — I'll never be that good."
Since its inception in 1789, the U.S. Treasury has endeavored to make its currency as inimitable as possible. To ward off counterfeiters, the Treasury has instituted numerous measures to change the appearance of its bills, including special watermarks, security strips, color-shifting ink, and ongoing tweaks to the paper composition.
Did you Know?
Inimitable comes close to its neighbor inimical, but there is no love lost between them. The former stems from the Latin imitabilis, which refers to something imitable, but the latter comes from the root inimicus, and means "something harmful or hostile."