un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

Definition of unheard

1a : not perceived by the ear
b : not given a hearing
2 archaic : unheard-of

Examples of unheard in a Sentence

Their cries for help were unheard.
Recent Examples on the Web Just three weeks ago such a meeting would have been unheard of. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Israel Sees $6.5 Billion in Trade as UAE Peace Talks Start," 31 Aug. 2020 Another bright spot that would've been unheard of a year ago were sales of face masks. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Gap is closing more than 200 stores this year," 28 Aug. 2020 For Sony and Microsoft, though, leaving important launch details secret until less than three months out is practically unheard of. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "When should we expect launch prices and dates for 2020’s new consoles?," 28 Aug. 2020 This was unheard of when cases were spiking in late June and much of July, reports Rich Exner. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "President Trump urges boycott of Goodyear over political attire policy: Capitol Letter," 20 Aug. 2020 If the artist can reach 10 times as many viewers that way, that matches the revenue brought in by an in-person show that costs $80 a ticket, a price that's hardly unheard of. Arkansas Online, "OPINION: A workable option for musicians," 9 Aug. 2020 Though unusual, such remarkable eye mutations are not unheard of: Scientists have been studying eye-color mutants in honeybees since 1953. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "This rare, mutant honeybee is both male and female," 5 Aug. 2020 Such an interaction is not common, but far from unheard of, at least in the wide expanses of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, McNolby said. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "Explaining the Fujiwhara Effect: Could tropical storms Laura and Marco collide or merge?," 22 Aug. 2020 Our heroes are the ones who have walked intentionally toward social good, amplifying unheard voices and embracing inconvenience in exchange for more just outcomes for all. Richard C. Shadyac Jr., Fortune, "Why a year later, the Business Roundtable’s updated statement of purpose is more relevant than ever," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unheard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unheard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unheard. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unheard

: not given attention
: not heard or listened to


un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

Kids Definition of unheard

: not heard I followed as softly as I could, and coming unheard into the kitchen, stood and watched him.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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