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 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 The giant indoor-outdoor space comes from Jason Boso, owner of the Truck Yard — another unpretentious bar that started on Lowest Greenville in Dallas and has spread to a bigger spot in The Colony. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 1 Oct. 2021 The wines are floral and refreshing, and quite unpretentious. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 North Caicos is a total escape from it all, genuine and unpretentious. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Slip inside Pizzu and order a pie and carafe du vin for a cozy night in an unpretentious, skate-themed setting. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 For a more mellow, unpretentious take on the area's roaring après scene, sip on a beer and play a game of pool at Zane's Tavern in Snowmass Village or order a margarita and table-side guac at Venga Venga. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of unpretentious

1838, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2021

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“Unpretentious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretentious. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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