mut·​ed | \ ˈmyü-təd How to pronounce muted (audio) \

Definition of muted

1a : being mute : silent
b : toned down : low-key, subdued
2 : provided with or produced or modified by the use of a mute

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Other Words from muted

mutedly adverb

Examples of muted in a Sentence

The artist chose colors that are dark and muted. the muted sound of a distant trumpet The government chose a more muted response to the threat. Their proposal has drawn a muted reaction from most observers.
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Meanwhile, a muted color palette of rust, green, and claret provides a sophisticated approach to vacation dressing. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 The home is decorated in a minimalist style, with a muted color palette, Midcentury Modern furniture and vintage pieces. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "New York Triplex Owned by Martha Stewart’s Daughter Lists for $53 Million," 21 Feb. 2019 Angelina Jolie’s style never fails to maintain a certain quiet elegance: the actress often favors a muted color palette, leaning toward black or whites and creams. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Makes the Case for All-Over Neutrals," 6 Jan. 2019 The house reflects the muted color palette of its high desert surroundings with wooden floors, natural hues, and plenty of windows. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modern house shape shifts in Oregon’s high desert," 27 Aug. 2018 Credit the muted palette of greiges and modern-leaning decor that cut the neoclassical and art deco interiors down to size. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Europe," 1 May 2018 The muted palette and classic furnishings are refined, with little more than framed sheet music for artwork. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Drink, Eat, and See on a Weekend Wine Getaway to the Santa Ynez Valley," 26 Apr. 2018 All of his pieces have a muted color palette that is deliberately off. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "The Danish Glassblower Making Modern Curiosities," 24 Apr. 2018 In fact, all of Major League Soccer will have a muted color palette for the weekend’s matches. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City all-in for Earth Day with Parley kits, community cleanup," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of muted

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of muted was in 1855

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English Language Learners Definition of muted

: soft in color : not bright
: soft or quiet in sound : quieter than usual
: not done or expressed in a strong, forceful, or excited way

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