unpretentious

adjective
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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Egalitarian and sincere, Norway’s version of New Nordic cooking is frisky, witty and unpretentious. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "New New Nordic Cuisine Takes Hold in Oslo," 29 May 2018 The wine staff sets the standard for knowledgeable, enthusiastic, unpretentious service. Stan Parish, WSJ, "A Splendid, (Mostly) Stationary Sunday at the Freehand New York," 10 Dec. 2018 But for all its rigor, there’s also loads of charm to be found in this medieval-tinged metropolis: Winding, cobblestone streets, centuries-old churches, and high design-minded, albeit unpretentious boutiques are just a few of the high notes. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Louie Situated between Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, French Louis is the place to be for a French-inflected Thanksgiving feast in an unpretentious setting. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 While the furnishings are by turns elegant, eclectic, and artisanal, the organically chic ambiance is relaxed and unpretentious. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018 That’s precisely why young women are saving up for a Prounis band or pendant; the jewelry is truly precious, yet quiet and unpretentious. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Meet Jean Prounis, Whose Fine Jewelry is Refreshingly Down to Earth," 7 Aug. 2018 By most accounts, Archbishop Emeritus Hunthausen was a humble man, soft-spoken and unpretentious. Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Hunthausen dies at 96," 23 July 2018 Known for its menu of seafood-centric Peruvian ceviches, tiraditos, and anticuchos this unpretentious yet highly sophisticated restaurant is a great way to end a short trip to St. Barts. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect (Long) Weekend in St. Barts," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

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unpretentious

adjective

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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