un·​os·​ten·​ta·​tious | \ ˌən-ˌä-stən-ˈtā-shəs \

Definition of unostentatious

: not excessively or pretentiously showy or flamboyant : quiet and restrained in taste : not ostentatious a large but unostentatious house a simple, unostentatious style

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Other Words from unostentatious

unostentatiously adverb
He lives comfortably but unostentatiously in a large, airy beach house … — Joan Goodman
unostentatiousness noun

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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, "The Prophet of Germany’s New Right," 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, "For Wisconsin’s Scorekeeper, Most Impressive Number Is His Age: 83 MARCH 19, 2016," 20 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of unostentatious

circa 1739, in the meaning defined above

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