un·​seed·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈsē-dəd \

Definition of unseeded

: not seeded: such as
a : having no seeds unseeded fruit
b : not seeded (see seed entry 2 sense 4b) among the contestants in a competition (such as a tennis tournament) … ninth-seeded Lindsay Davenport lost quickly, in 65 minutes, to unseeded Julie Halard of France.— Robin Finn

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At the Australian Open in January, a hip injury contributed to her lopsided quarterfinal loss to unseeded Elise Mertens. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Svitolina and Zverev Hope Tour Success Turns Into Grand Slam Wins," 20 May 2018 The other semifinal features world number one (and the tournament’s number one seed) Simona Halep up against the unseeded Naomi Osaka. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Tennis, Anyone? Your Cheat Sheet for Tonight’s Indian Wells Women’s Semifinals," 16 Mar. 2018 Williams’s draw here could have been worse: Pliskova is unseeded and has yet to win a French Open match. New York Times, "Tennis Needs Serena Williams Back. But Does She Need to Be Seeded?," 28 May 2018 On Saturday, top seed Simona Halep, who won the French Open last month, lost to the unseeded Hsieh Su-wei. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic Beats Britain’s Kyle Edmund at Wimbledon," 7 July 2018 Halep had to recover from a sprained ankle sustained in the first round and then fend off three match points in the third round against the unseeded American Lauren Davis before prevailing, 4-6, 6-4, 15-13. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Simona Halep vs. Caroline Wozniacki: One Will Finally Win the Big One," 26 Jan. 2018 When Jelena Ostapenko won the 2017 French Open as an unseeded player, the tennis salon was split. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 2018 Guga Kuerten won this thing as an unseeded player, of course, as did Mats Wilander and Gaston Gaudio. Jason Gay, WSJ, "From Paris, With Sloane Stephens, Rafa Nadal—and Cold Rosé," 8 June 2018 The last Grand Slam tournament at which Williams was unseeded was the 2007 Australian Open. Ben Rothenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Unseeded Serena Williams looms in the French Open draw," 26 May 2018

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circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unseeded

: not ranked as one of the best players in a sports competition (such as a tennis tournament) : not seeded

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