un·​seed·​ed ˌən-ˈsē-dəd How to pronounce unseeded (audio)
: not seeded: such as
: having no seeds
unseeded fruit
: 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 Cloud seeding basically works by artificially recreating the process by which rain and snow naturally occur: In unseeded clouds, microscopic droplets of water vapor are attracted to atmospheric aerosols like dust or pollen or salt from the sea. Koh Ewe, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 But nobody told unseeded Danielle Collins, who reached Saturday’s women’s final and upset 4-seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-3. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 31 Mar. 2024 While the 2022 team marched to the NCAA Tournament semifinals, Maryland was unseeded in 2021 — a season impacted by the coronavirus pandemic — and 2023. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 3 Feb. 2024 Jabeur, who lost last year’s Wimbledon final — and the final of the last U.S. Open — struggled against Vondrousova, who won to become the first unseeded Wimbledon women’s champion. David Waldstein, New York Times, 15 July 2023 Frankly, the Skippers will have a battle just to get out of the first round against an unseeded Maple Grove team that has high-end players and a number of impressive performances this season. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 21 Feb. 2024 How to watch Gauff’s fourth-round match at the AO On match day 8 of the Australian Open on Saturday, Jan. 20, No. 4 seed Coco Gauff will face unseeded Magdalena Frech in the fourth round. Elizabeth Flores, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 Littler has become a sensation after making it into the World Darts Championship final as an unseeded player. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 3 Jan. 2024 But that’s precisely what happened last spring, the plucky Longhorns staving off elimination again and again to become the first unseeded team to reach the Women’s College World Series championship series. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unseeded was circa 1775

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“Unseeded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseeded. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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