understated

adjective
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

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Located 10 minutes north of Disney, this is more of a historical site, featuring two original buildings from Anaheim’s early days: the understated 1857 Mother Colony House and the turreted 1894 Woelke-Stoffel House. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 Located 10 minutes north of Disney, this is more of a historical site, featuring two original buildings from Anaheim’s early days: the understated 1857 Mother Colony House and the turreted 1894 Woelke-Stoffel House. Noy Thrupkaew And Jim Webster, Houston Chronicle, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 28 June 2019 Located 10 minutes north of Disney, this is more of a historical site, featuring two original buildings from Anaheim’s early days: the understated 1857 Mother Colony House and the turreted 1894 Woelke-Stoffel House. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too.," 21 June 2019 Laptop and Tablet Deals Asus Zenbook 13 for $749 ($201 off): A modern and understated laptop, the Zenbook 13 is light enough to carry with you anywhere and powerful enough to handle almost anything your workday can throw at it. Wired Staff, WIRED, "16 Killer Deals on iPad, Galaxy S10E, TV Speakers, and More," 8 June 2019 Seats are leather-trimmed, and the black stitching on the door panels gives the Compass a comfortable but understated stylishness. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 The production and costume designs (by Suzie Davies and Keith Madden) are impeccable and understated. Ian Mcewan, New York Times, "Review: In ‘On Chesil Beach,’ a Honeymoon Gone Wrong," 16 May 2018 Only when everything goes horribly awry does her understated strength fail to resonate. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Magic Theatre’s barrio ‘Oedipus’ dazzles a decade later," 14 June 2019 Dads with an eye for details will appreciate the understated elegance and utility of the stylish Barbican shoulder bag from Brooks of England. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of understated

: expressed or done in a quiet or simple way

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