un·​claimed | \ ˌən-ˈklāmd How to pronounce unclaimed (audio) \

Definition of unclaimed

: not claimed specifically : not called for by an owner or consignee unclaimed property/goods

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The next year that is unclaimed by a host isn’t until 2025—next up is New York’s Bethpage Black—but the May weather will create different options. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Golf’s Looming Schedule Overhaul Could Elevate PGA Championship," 11 Aug. 2018 The bodies might be unclaimed, Gunn told the small gathering, but only by human beings. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "'56 bodies, 56 stories -- all have a sad ending': Unclaimed bodies laid to rest in Covington," 21 Apr. 2018 The law orders the creation of a national registry of forensic data, which would include DNA information from unidentified and unclaimed bodies as well as DNA from relatives of the missing. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 The bodies of the unclaimed essentially become wards of the coroner's office, Preston said. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "'56 bodies, 56 stories -- all have a sad ending': Unclaimed bodies laid to rest in Covington," 21 Apr. 2018 Most were from the Seattle area, where Hundahl and others have been researching the names on the unclaimed remains at the Lake View Cemetery to find those eligible for veterans interment. Annette Cary, The Seattle Times, "Unclaimed veterans’ ashes find a home with Tri-Cities group," 10 Apr. 2018 Swoopes went unclaimed on waivers, though, and will now remain in the Seattle organization. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks release veteran receiver Brandon Marshall," 30 Oct. 2018 Each year in which the Triple Crown remained unclaimed, a little more life was pumped into the legend of American Pharoah. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Justify Attempts to Earn Triple Crown at Belmont With Less Narrative, Faded Anticipation," 7 June 2018 Among the dead are residents who were too poor to afford funeral costs, unclaimed bodies and patients from the county's insane asylum. Nereida Moreno, latimes.com, "Challenge at Chicago school construction site: Watch for 38,000 unmarked graves," 15 Apr. 2018

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circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unclaimed

: not asked for or taken by an owner : not claimed

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