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
Recent Examples on the Web Her manner was always friendly and unpretentious, and her smile was as warm as a million-dollar jackpot. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit TV's beloved 'lottery lady' Aggie Usedly dies at 79," 29 Oct. 2019 Ruth will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving parent and grandparent, warm friend, reliable co-worker, and a devout but unpretentious Christian. courant.com, "Ruth Ann Dudley," 8 Oct. 2019 The concerts are presented on the Cuyamaca campus in the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, an unpretentious and acoustically pleasant venue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Symphony’s wind players shine in East County ECHO chamber recital," 29 Sep. 2019 The cavernous place maintains an unpretentious charm with locals and tourists intermingling. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 Just a regular, unpretentious fellow who treated everyone wonderfully. NBC News, "Eddie Money, 'Two Tickets to Paradise' singer, dies at 70," 13 Sep. 2019 Instead, Johnson has penned a straightforward, sublimely melodic, utterly unpretentious score, its music as all-embracing as its text. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Review: ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ more striking with lessons of hope on Ravinia’s bigger stage," 13 Sep. 2019 With a population of just over 3,300 people and a main street free of chain stores, Mount Shasta is unpretentious and homey, a friendly small city on the western flank of California’s fifth-highest peak. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 The audience has seen her as grounded, earthy, and unpretentious. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The Big Little Lie of the TV kitchen island," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpretentious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretentious. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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