un·​ac·​com·​pa·​nied ˌən-ə-ˈkəmp-nēd How to pronounce unaccompanied (audio)
-ˈkäm- How to pronounce unaccompanied (audio)
: not accompanied
especially : being without instrumental accompaniment

Example Sentences

He attended the party unaccompanied. Unaccompanied children are not allowed in the store. All we've had from him is a lot of talk unaccompanied by any real effort to solve the problem. a piece written for an unaccompanied cello
Recent Examples on the Web It’s deemed safe enough, however, for the authorities to open some sections on the northern edge of the exclusion zone to visitors to explore unaccompanied, including the area around AIR Studios, for example, or the once-tony district of Richmond Hill. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2022 Best known for its work during the coronavirus pandemic, HHS is also deeply involved in issues as varied as food safety, hurricane response and caring for unaccompanied migrant children at the border. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2023 Whereas migrants were once predominantly adult men from Mexico entering unlawfully – the population that U.S. immigration infrastructure is arguably still best designed for – the mid-2010s brought larger numbers of unaccompanied children and families seeking asylum from Central America. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2022 In fiscal year 2022, 130,000 unaccompanied children were processed by U.S. officials along the southern border, an all-time high, federal statistics show. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2023 Among them are unaccompanied migrant children traveling without a parent or legal guardian. Dallas News, 16 July 2022 In total, 508 of 1,396 unaccompanied children extracted from the rubble have been reunited with their families, the Turkish government said. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2023 The nonprofit Refugee Council said Thursday that unaccompanied children should be in the social care of the local authority instead of at hotels. Ellen Francis, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unaccompanied was in 1545

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“Unaccompanied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccompanied. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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un·​ac·​com·​pa·​nied ˌən-ə-ˈkəmp-(ə-)nēd How to pronounce unaccompanied (audio)
: not accompanied
especially : being without instrumental accompaniment

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