un·​adorned | \ ˌən-ə-ˈdȯrnd How to pronounce unadorned (audio) \

Definition of unadorned

: not adorned : lacking embellishment or decoration : plain, simple

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Examples of unadorned in a Sentence

The room is unadorned and very plain. the completely unadorned clothing favored by members of that religious sect
Recent Examples on the Web Your table might be on a wooden platform, a carpet of artificial grass or stark, unadorned asphalt. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Restaurants are taking over parking spaces. Here are 6 ways to make them look better," 3 Aug. 2020 Then an unadorned, white truck and trailer rolled by. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kyle Larson rolled into this Wisconsin racetrack for the first time and pulled out $26,000 richer," 29 July 2020 Strong's unadorned prose aptly captures a certain kind of queasy millennial unease, though its very plainness can also place a pane of glass between her voice and the reader; a diary of desire, once removed. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Want and The Party Upstairs show the perils of a class-obsessed New York City: Review," 6 July 2020 However easily the unadorned sentences go down, from this moment on, the reader is on guard. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Ottessa Moshfegh’s Pursuit of Disgust," 23 June 2020 On the contrary, Connell, looks every bit the same, wearing his go-to ensemble of Adidas trainers, a silver unadorned chain (a chain that now has its own Instagram account garnering over 51k followers), a henley, and an understated khaki jacket. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "How The Costumes In Normal People Came Full Circle," 8 May 2020 But even unadorned, the earthy flavors of the lentils combined with those sweet golden onions will shine bright. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lentils, Rice, Caramelized Onions and a Dinner to Remember," 30 Mar. 2020 These, from andSons, a chocolate shop with pedigree that opened last spring in Beverly Hills, Calif., appear simple, colorful and unadorned, but inside they’re a confectioner’s dreamscape. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Easter Egg From Beverly Hills," 30 Mar. 2020 Even the simple, unadorned dreams — far from the drama of the ICU — seem poignant right now. Gillian Flaccus, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Infecting our dreams’: Coronavirus pandemic sabotages sleep worldwide," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unadorned

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unadorned was in 1633

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9 Aug 2020

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“Unadorned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unadorned. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unadorned

: not decorated or fancy : not adorned

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