un·​pre·​ten·​tious | \ ˌən-pri-ˈten(t)-shəs How to pronounce unpretentious (audio) \

Definition of unpretentious

: free from ostentation, elegance, or affectation : modest unpretentious homes an unpretentious celebrity

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Other Words from unpretentious

unpretentiously adverb
unpretentiousness noun

Examples of unpretentious in a Sentence

a casual and unpretentious restaurant a simple and unpretentious account about growing up in the rural South

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Eve laments her well-to-do family’s ordinariness, bemoaning their unpretentious taste and subdued cocktail parties. Pete Tosiello, Washington Post, "Karen Dukess’s ‘The Last Book Party’ is a postcard from another era," 10 July 2019 Others simply step into the streets outside their red-brick apartments, where some of their neighbors sell shaved ice with chili powder and sliced mangoes with lime and salt from unpretentious food carts. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, ""We are all scared": Trump's threats of ICE raids keep immigrants on edge," 9 July 2019 In the stubby lane, one-size-fits-all ball and the humble delta of pins, the compression of urban life in the early 20th century is almost palpable, as is the relief this unpretentious game must have offered. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Duckpin bowling at Rec Room in Fort Lauderdale," 20 June 2019 The resulting spaces are unpretentious and inspiring, grounded in the company's core ethos. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "WeWork Unveils Captivating New South Africa Location," 13 June 2019 The unpretentious coastal village is home to gorgeous beaches, charming restaurants, and a slew of great hotels. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Easy Labor Day Getaway Ideas for Last Minute Planners," 5 June 2019 While these arbiters of design work fiercely to create dream homes, there’s never a shortage of hilarity, sass, and an unpretentious playfulness that fuels their relationships with the homeowners and each other. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 Cam’ron’s all-pink-everything outfit, from 2002, comes to mind as being highly stylized, but unpretentious. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "A Deep Dive Into Black Culture and Camp," 3 May 2019 Modern yet classic, glitzy yet unpretentious, the pendant light is the focal point of Nuriev's NYC dining room. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "You Won't Believe What This Chic Pendant Light Is Made Out Of," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unpretentious

: not having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are : not pretentious

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