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

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The lyrics are as unadorned as her pole-work is impressive, a juxtaposition of plain, artless language and strenuous performance. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Music Videos of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 20 June 2019 Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz serves a dish of unadorned potatoes coated with a thin layer of fine, clean kaolin clay. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold's top dishes from 31 days of great chefs around L.A.? Potatoes cooked in earth," 8 June 2018 Materials were chosen for durability and their unadorned good looks. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A micro cabin in Vermont offers an artist refuge," 15 Oct. 2018 The visuals and especially the locations do a lot of work, pulling you in with their unadorned natural beauty. Rama Adi, New York Times, "Review: Vengeance Is Hers in ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’," 21 June 2018 From the east, the elevation presents a slim, unadorned, milk-white concrete block, nine stories high, punctured by loggias — a signpost, like the traditional village bell tower, rising above a low, scruffy neighborhood. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 The graves are marked by unadorned metal pipe crosses — but bear no names. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 Though Blakeslee conveyed an obvious gift for melody, the repetitive nature of the piece called for some editing, while its unadorned phrase-making needed greater textural and harmonic complexity. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 Laid out for close inspection — the largest canvas dimension is 18 inches — on unadorned tables before backgrounds of soft color, the fruit is invariably at peak ripeness. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unadorned

: not decorated or fancy : not adorned

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