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Definition of understated

: avoiding obvious emphasis or embellishment understated elegance

Other Words from understated

understatedly adverb

Examples of understated in a Sentence

the actor's understated interpretation of the lead role is surprisingly compelling
Recent Examples on the Web But at the core of Hermès is the idea of understated elegance. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Sep. 2022 Whether delivering understated elegance like 16Arlington's bouncy, very Swinging '60s cropped French cuts, or giving us all-out glamour like Halpern’s metallic orange cat-eye, London Fashion Week remains a visual feast. Allure Staff, Allure, 19 Sep. 2022 Contrast the calming hue with soft white linen bedding and whitewashed wooden furniture to achieve the understated casual elegance of French country style. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 Subtlety is a trademark for Roy, whose novels have been praised and prized for their understated elegance. Mira Jacob, New York Times, 5 July 2022 With a smaller, active rear spoiler in place of a coffee-table-size rear wing, the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring is the more understated GT3. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, 13 Sep. 2022 Lars Vogt, the eloquently understated German pianist and conductor who performed with inspirational grace throughout his cancer treatment, has died at 51. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2022 Until 1972, American Catholic bishops actively supported reunification of Ireland, but after that played a more understated role, advocating for mediation. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2022 Those understated handbags, discreet, but reassuringly expensive—by Launer, based in Walsall, a not very glamorous town in the Midlands which quietly turns out superb leatherwork, including saddlery for the Windsors, this most horsey of families. James Collard, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of understated

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Understated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understated. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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