un·​os·​ten·​ta·​tious ˌən-ˌä-stən-ˈtā-shəs How to pronounce unostentatious (audio)
: not excessively or pretentiously showy or flamboyant : quiet and restrained in taste : not ostentatious
a large but unostentatious house
a simple, unostentatious style
unostentatiously adverb
He lives comfortably but unostentatiously in a large, airy beach house … Joan Goodman
unostentatiousness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Buildings that represent Black history, like slave cabins and colored schoolhouses, are often unostentatious, and instead offer evidence of oppression of Black people by their white counterparts. Ramisa Rob, NBC News, 19 July 2022 Both its unostentatious style, and the fact that the Duchess has worn it previously, suggest simplicity and practicality. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 7 Mar. 2021 There is something so very [peculiar, something so very striking, about even the exterior of the building that the passerby cannot but stop and admire its extreme, unostentatious eccentricity. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2019 The rally took place in a central square near an unostentatious memorial marking the spot where thousands of corpses were burned after the 1945 Allied bombing that destroyed the city. James Angelos, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2017 In perhaps the most ostentatious unostentatious move, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry simply runs back on defense after releasing a 3-point attempt, assuming — usually correctly — that the shot will go in. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unostentatious was circa 1739

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Cite this Entry

“Unostentatious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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