un·​marked | \ ˌən-ˈmärkt How to pronounce unmarked (audio) \

Definition of unmarked

: not marked: such as
a : not having an identifying mark or distinctive notation "I want five thousand dollars in unmarked singles."— Ed McBain … an unmarked storefront on Melrose Avenue.— Gerri Hirshey an unmarked grave an unmarked police car
b of a road : not having a marker giving a street name or route number … an unmarked, graveled road running parallel with the levee.American Guide Series: Louisiana
c : not noticed : unobserved To let the death of such a man go unmarked would be, for one offense, to slight ourselves.— Stanley Kauffman
d : not characterized wrote political articles unmarked by a regard for truth The Christmas season passed, unmarked by any rejoicing.— Elizabeth George Speare

Examples of unmarked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strong, now the sheriff of Nodaway County, where the killing happened, hopped in an unmarked car with another officer. Heather Hollingsworth, USA TODAY, "First US execution of female inmate in 67 years halted," 12 Jan. 2021 Diaz-Palma was ushered into a second unmarked police vehicle, this time a van, and driven to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center in Baltimore. Washington Post, "A Maryland immigrant hoped to delay his deportation until Biden took office. It didn’t work.," 7 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday morning, a federal law enforcement officer’s unmarked take-home work vehicle was set on fire outside his Washington County home. oregonlive, "Feds concerned about cluster of post-election vandalism targeting government employees, property," 14 Nov. 2020 Two men pulled up in an unmarked vehicle beside him and looked over. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Man beaten by San Antonio police officers remains in prison — even after charges against him were dismissed and the officers were fired," 16 Oct. 2020 The family of Sean Monterrosa has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Vallejo and Police Officer Jarrett Tonn, who the family alleges shot Monterrosa to death from an unmarked police vehicle. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Family of Sean Monterrosa files wrongful death suit against city of Vallejo over police shooting," 6 Aug. 2020 Federal law enforcement officers swept people into unmarked vans and used pepper spray to clear peaceful protesters so that Mr. Trump could pose for photos in front of a church. New York Times, "Police Failures Spur Resignations and Complaints of Double Standard," 7 Jan. 2021 The courthouse was a flashpoint in July when federal officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to push protesters away and in some cases rounded up people off the street in unmarked vans. oregonlive, "Judge to rule before Election Day on whether to set boundaries for federal officers responding to protests outside federal property," 23 Oct. 2020 Shaw said state police do not use unmarked cars to make traffic stops. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State Police warn drivers to beware of bogus cop making highway traffic stops," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unmarked

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2021

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“Unmarked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarked. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmarked

: not having any marks or signs that show what something is

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