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

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 The joint, which houses other business interests of his, such as a print shop and a podcast studio, is as unpretentious as the man himself. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Often host to the world’s elite, from Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, the property is surprisingly unpretentious, with understated elegance and—staying true to Emily in Paris fashion—a bit of glamour. Annie Davidson, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 But both character and actor come off as genuine and unpretentious. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 18 Nov. 2021 Her humorous, unpretentious approach to one of the most sophisticated cuisines in the world was extremely American and inspired others to become more adventurous. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 Whitewashed in typical Tangier style with a wide, squat black door, González-Aller’s airy, unpretentious 1,900-square-foot house is set back from the street, barely visible behind a neighbor’s two-story structure. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The house has an unpretentious, raw aesthetic: the wood beams are exposed and the exterior has raw concrete and cedar siding. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Among his colleagues, Mr. Williams was known as an intellectual force but also as unpretentious and quick to laugh at himself. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Bugatti is different, though, and this young, egalitarian, unpretentious electronic engineer is now in control of one of the world’s great luxury brands. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2022

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“Unpretentious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretentious. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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