un·​pub·​lished | \ ˌən-ˈpə-blisht How to pronounce unpublished (audio) \

Definition of unpublished

: not published: such as
a : not released for public distribution or sale an unpublished book/manuscript
b : having no works that have been published an unpublished author

Examples of unpublished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An as-yet-unpublished study has found that heart cells infected with the coronavirus were often severely fragmented. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Long-term effects of COVID-19 on the heart unclear," 11 Feb. 2021 Afrikan Echoes is due to launch in March, featuring up to 50 original and unpublished African works that have been translated into multiple African languages, including Yoruba, Amharic and Swahili. Rochelle Beighton And Rachel Wood, CNN, "An audiobooks app will tell unheard African stories," 16 Jan. 2021 There were also 250 unpublished manuscripts, 38 writer’s notebooks and 8,000 pages of journal entries that turned out to be a confounding blend of fact and falsehood. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘Devils, Lusts & Strange Desires’ Review: The Elusive Patricia Highsmith," 15 Jan. 2021 Al Tompkins of Poynter, a nonprofit journalism school and research organization, wrote this week that photographers at media outlets could also face the uncomfortable call from federal law enforcement agencies seeking unpublished photos or videos. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "Internet detectives swarmed the effort to ID Capitol riot mob, with mixed results," 14 Jan. 2021 Please send a covering letter, CV and an unpublished 800-word article suitable for publication to asiafinancewriter@economist.com by February 1st. The Economist, "Jobs at The Economist We’re hiring," 16 Jan. 2021 The sale of Dylan's musical catalog comes a few weeks after the Jewish singer-songwriter's musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics sold at auction for a total of $495,000. Arkansas Online, "The Dylan catalog, a 60-year rock 'n' roll odyssey, is sold," 7 Dec. 2020 Last month, a trove of the Nobel Prize-winning songwriter's thoughts on anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics sold at auction for roughly $495,000. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Bob Dylan sells entire song catalog to Universal in 'landmark agreement'," 7 Dec. 2020 His estate holds two unpublished children’s books, said Susan Schulman, the agent who represents it. New York Times, "Walter Tevis Was a Novelist. You Might Know His Books (Much) Better as Movies.," 23 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unpublished.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unpublished

1587, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unpublished

Time Traveler for unpublished

Time Traveler

The first known use of unpublished was in 1587

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unpublished

Last Updated

21 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Unpublished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpublished. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unpublished



English Language Learners Definition of unpublished

: not prepared, printed, and sold as or as part of a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.
used to describe a writer whose works have not yet been published

More from Merriam-Webster on unpublished

Nglish: Translation of unpublished for Spanish Speakers

Comments on unpublished

What made you want to look up unpublished? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!