un·​peo·​pled ˌən-ˈpē-pəld How to pronounce unpeopled (audio)
: not filled with or occupied by people
an unpeopled wilderness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Alaska has giant swaths of unpeopled country with no twirling weather radars, or none that can see beyond where mountains are blocking them. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2022 Competitors camp out in the unpeopled cold to rest and feed their packs of semi-domesticated canines. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2022 The emptiness and silence of his childhood reproduce themselves in the unpeopled landscapes through which his characters wander. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2021 Sweeping, unpeopled vistas and close-up shots of animals render the world in an enhanced, almost unnatural, high-definition style. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2021 Hopper often produces the unease even in unpeopled landscapes and views of buildings, as if catching nature and habitation defenselessly exposed in disarray, mundanity, or squalor. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020 But finding unpeopled streetscapes is harder said than done in a city like New York or Tokyo. Michael Hardy, Wired, 15 Apr. 2020 One of the last unpeopled places on Earth became a destination point for military interests and tourists alike. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2019 Alaska's many million acres of unpeopled river valleys and tundra plains would continue to attract birds if we were gone, but some species would miss us, Guers said. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpeopled was circa 1586

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“Unpeopled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpeopled. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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