un·​der·​stat·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstā-təd How to pronounce understated (audio) \

Definition of understated

: avoiding obvious emphasis or embellishment understated elegance

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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 The collection is filled with dresses and caftans, embodying the understated elegance that defined the fashion house in its heyday. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 9 June 2021 The Langham, New York, a quiet sanctum of understated elegance in south midtown, is the only luxury hotel in the neighborhood to have remained open through all of 2020 and 2021. Ann Abel, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Anyone who lived through the bib necklace trend of 2013 can appreciate the value of an understated approach to accessorizing. Grace Stearns, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2021 But former colleagues and friends say Nelson’s understated approach is easy to underestimate. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2021 The goal is to swap out the world’s most recognisable businessman, who to some is the very embodiment of capitalism’s excesses, for an understated sports fan. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 1 July 2021 Figure 4 lists ten S&P 500 companies with most understated and overstated FCF to Debt ratios, by total difference over the TTM. David Trainer, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Jonathan Lee writes engrossing novels about public tragedies and private dilemmas, fusing vivid character studies with understated humor and aphoristic turns of phrase. Kevin Canfield, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 For the more understated grooms, jewelry is one fast becoming one low-fuss way to modernize an outfit. Leah Dolan, CNN, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of understated

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of understated was circa 1909

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“Understated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understated. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of understated

: expressed or done in a quiet or simple way

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