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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Phantoms brings a slinky darkness to its live stage show, tempered by a delightfully unpretentious bit of stage banter. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Phantoms & Nicole Millar Have Pure Vibes On Their 'Agenda:' Exclusive," 12 July 2018 These units, although small and unpretentious facilities within a hospital, seldom exceeding eight beds, constitute a major therapeutic innovation in dealing with the inordinate mortality from heart attacks. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018 The roof deck is only open to hotel guests, the ocean is yards away, and Bellino linens on the beds maintain that perfect balance of luxurious yet unpretentious. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in the World," 1 May 2018 The newness for Spring 2019 lies in how the colors sit and work together, while still feeling light, airy and unpretentious. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Vera Wang Talks Bridal Risk-Taking, Bold Color and Her New Spring 2019 Collection," 13 Apr. 2018 Trattoria di Monica and Vinoteca di Monica are two of the neighborhood’s best restaurants — unpretentious, lively, reliable. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 From the outside, Hadwen Park exudes the feel of those sturdy, unpretentious churches from an older time that are scattered throughout New England. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "In Worcester, a safe haven for gay immigrants," 25 June 2018 Kapur doesn’t want wordy chef-splanations to interrupt the revelry, so most dishes are delivered table side with warm, unpretentious words of welcome. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 In between shopping and eating—try Grandpa for natty clothes and ahead-of-the-curve scents, and Surfers for unpretentious Swedish-Asian food that local chefs rejoice over—rub shoulders with Skarsgårds at the city’s best nightlife. Andrew Richdale, GQ, "Five Gay Vacation Spots That Are Less Tired Than Fire Island," 21 June 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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