un·​seed·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈsē-dəd How to pronounce unseeded (audio) \

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

Examples of unseeded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her semifinal opponent, the unseeded 33-year-old Barbora Strycova, has never gone this far in singles at a major tournament before. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Is 2 Wins From History, but How Rugged Is Her Wimbledon Path?," 9 July 2019 In a battle of two unseeded Americans, Sam Querrey took out Tennys Sandgren. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "16 Thoughts on 16 Matches: Breaking Down All the Manic Monday Wimbledon Action," 8 July 2019 The group includes the men’s top seed, Roger Federer; 26th-seeded Denis Shapovalov; and four unseeded men. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "An Exclusive Club at Wimbledon: Champions as Juniors and Adults," 5 July 2018 The 28-year-old Konta had led 4-1 in the first set but succumbed 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to unseeded Czech 33-year-old Barbora Strycova, prompting some probing questions. Ben Morse, CNN, "'You're being quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me': tennis star hits back at reporter," 10 July 2019 Halep will face unseeded Garbine Muguruza, who eliminated No. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Roger Federer dodges seven match points to gain Australian semifinals," 29 Jan. 2020 Having beaten two seeds in her last two matches, Serena played brilliantly today—perhaps her best match of 2019—holding off unseeded but worthy challenger Alison Riske on Centre Court 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Serena Williams Reaches Wimbledon Semis, on Track for Major No. 24," 9 July 2019 On the women’s side, American Madison Keys reached her first French Open semifinal by defeating unseeded Yulia Putintseva, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. BostonGlobe.com, "Novak Djokovic is ousted in French Open quarterfinals," 5 June 2018 De Minaur outlasted big-serving American Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), in a meeting of unseeded players. BostonGlobe.com, "Shiffrin edged by teenager," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unseeded

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Unseeded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseeded. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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