un·​pre·​ten·​tious | \ˌən-pri-ˈten(t)-shəs \

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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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 Expect a mind-blowing explosion of colors all around this unpretentious, yet elegant hotel. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Everything from unpretentious, unsexy Aquaphor ointment to crystal-clear lip gloss and everything in between. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "7 Ways to Highlight Your Face Without Using Actual Highlighter," 3 Oct. 2018 Yale’s coach was Carm Cozza, unpretentious and fair-minded, the leader of informal weekly campus tutorials on football. David M. Shribman, WSJ, "‘The Game’ Review: A Clash Upon a Darkling Plain," 27 Sep. 2018 Marc Appleton: Our client asked for the unpretentious, easygoing informality of an old Shingle Style place. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "This New Home Feels Nostalgic In The Best Way," 30 Aug. 2018

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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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