un·​an·​nounced | \ ˌən-ə-ˈnau̇n(t)st How to pronounce unannounced (audio) \

Definition of unannounced

: occurring without any prior announcement or warning : not announced an unannounced concert showed up unannounced at her doorstep

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Recent Examples on the Web Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has met with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a group of American lawmakers in an unannounced visit to the country. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nancy Pelosi meets top officials in Afghanistan," 21 Oct. 2019 According to the Daily Mail, the two of them met on Wednesday, September 11, during an unannounced private visit. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Met With the Love Actually Director About a Secret Project," 12 Sep. 2019 Evidence of that conflict surfaced when a top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit. Fortune, "Trump Regrets Not Taxing China More, White House Says," 25 Aug. 2019 Robert of La Puente said several people had placed boards with nails in their driveways to discourage the unannounced visits. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 Even the show’s organizational structure — a regular crew enhanced by celebrities who make irregular, unannounced and box office-boosting appearances — is straight from the Second City playbook. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ brought improv to Broadway. Why did Second City miss its shot?," 10 Oct. 2019 Michael Jeffries said Alexander arrived at the home unannounced and, after being denied entry, began damaging property outside. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Uncle by marriage charged in weekend shooting death of woman at Midfield home," 7 Oct. 2019 The moniker came from low-level government employees who found out the hard way that at any hour, Díaz-Canel could show up unannounced to inspect whether workers were actually on the job and not pilfering supplies or taking a nap. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Cuba's likely new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, faces economic and diplomatic challenges," 18 Apr. 2018 Bili goes anyway, arriving at her grandmother’s apartment unannounced and just in time for dinner. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unannounced

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unannounced was circa 1775

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29 Nov 2019

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“Unannounced.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unannounced?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unannounced_1. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unannounced

: surprising and unexpected : not having been announced or spoken about before

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