1
: practical
down-to-earth traveling tips
2
: unpretentious
surprised to find the movie star so down-to-earth
down-to-earthness noun

Examples of down-to-earth in a Sentence

we were all impressed by how down-to-earth the movie star turned out to be a down-to-earth guidance counselor who is frank in telling students which colleges they're likely to get into
Recent Examples on the Web Other films are more down-to-earth and understated, exploring subtle inner conflicts with nuance and sensitivity. Kevin Jacobsen, EW.com, 14 May 2024 Compared to Hadid’s other flames such as massively popular musicians Drake and The Weeknd, Banuelos is a much more down-to-earth choice. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 May 2024 Prince William and Kate Middleton's 3 Kids: All About George, Charlotte and Louis Despite being in the public eye, the family retreats to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, where the Prince and Princess of Wales are raising their three children to have as much of a down-to-earth upbringing as possible. Audrey Schmidt, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 At the Senate Back in Washington, Pryor quickly impressed White House officials, who viewed him as trustworthy and down-to-earth. Frank E. Lockwood, arkansasonline.com, 20 Apr. 2024 His shady business reputation had earned him somewhere in the vicinity of 50 lawsuits — Epstein met him once and refused to shake his hand — but Lennon was drawn to his down-to-earth nature. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 Under his leadership, extreme fantasy (see the fall 2020 couture) coexisted with more down-to-earth options. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2024 In a town known for Michelin stars — Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry has three — standing out is no easy task, but Ciccio does it with ease, offering a down-to-earth approach to fine dining in Yountville. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 They were engaged at the time of his death, according to Perry’s rep. Perry's Life Didn't Start Out Happy By Wappler's accounting, Perry was a down-to-earth man who kept his family life intensely private. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of down-to-earth was in 1922

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“Down-to-earth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/down-to-earth. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

down-to-earth

adjective
ˌdau̇n-tə-ˈ(w)ərth
1
: practical sense 3
down-to-earth advice
2
: unpretentious
a down-to-earth person
down-to-earthness noun

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