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

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web Super tasty and quality food with varied menu, simple affordable drinks, an unpretentious warm and eclectic lived in atmosphere, a bar that folks treated like home. oregonlive, "Readers mourn these Portland area restaurants, their homes away from home," 23 Dec. 2020 El Chapultepec is known as an unpretentious bar where jazz legends have stopped to play for free, KCNC-TV reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Tree boom, suncatchers, tracing changes: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2020 Xi’s crackdown gave a boost to New World wines—think Napa Valley, Chile, and Australia—as China's imagine-conscious middle class looked for premium, but unpretentious, bottles. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Australia’s ‘approachable’ wine won over China’s middle class. Then came the tariffs," 7 Dec. 2020 My idea was to edit a sort of magazine, like a special issue of some crazy fanzine, conveying MSGM’s identity in a very direct, honest, unpretentious way. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Inside MSGM 10!—Designer Massimo Giorgetti Gives Us A Sneak Peek at His New Book," 3 Dec. 2020 With a cascade of white and yellow diamonds in an encyclopedic variety of cuts and sizes, these dangling earrings conjure the informal, unpretentious warp and weft that captured the designer’s renegade imagination so many years ago. New York Times, "Glittering High Jewelry, Inspired by Tweed," 2 Dec. 2020 As the neighborhood got more crowded, Black Swan managed to hold its identity as a serious, yet unpretentious, cocktail den. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Deep Ellum speakeasy Black Swan Saloon calls it quits," 19 Nov. 2020 Rad Power is the Honda of the e-bike world, building practical, unpretentious bikes in a wide range of styles. Chris Nelson, Car and Driver, "E-Bikes Are Getting Cool, These Are Three of Our Favorites," 14 Nov. 2020 Professorial and unpretentious, Trebek continued to helm the question-and-answer show for 18 months after his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Alex Trebek gives fans a Christmas present: His final ‘Jeopardy!’ episode," 9 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unpretentious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unpretentious

Time Traveler for unpretentious

Time Traveler

The first known use of unpretentious was in 1838

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unpretentious

Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Unpretentious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretentious. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unpretentious


How to pronounce unpretentious (audio)

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

More from Merriam-Webster on unpretentious

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unpretentious

Nglish: Translation of unpretentious for Spanish Speakers

Comments on unpretentious

What made you want to look up unpretentious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!