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
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First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpretentious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretentious. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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