un·seen | \ ˌən-ˈsēn \

Definition of unseen 

1 : not seen or perceived

2 : sight sense 1 an unseen translation

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Outside at the barricade, other students shouted and fired their mortars against the unseen assailants. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Later came the accounts of unseen grace by office workers who had done for each other what no one else could. New York Times, "The Last 9/11 Fire Chief Bows Out," 10 July 2018 Some humans are clearly more tuned in to the spiritual, mystical and unseen, while others simply lack the necessary perceptive antenna. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 However, Prince Charles is offering a unique and intimate look at the British monarchy by displaying previously-unseen portraits of his fellow family members. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles Reveals Never-Before-Seen Portraits of the Royal Family," 3 July 2018 But for years, something remarkable resided in this otherwise unremarkable space, largely unseen. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 Bowls still allow for matchups largely unseen during the regular season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The problem with college football's postseason," 12 June 2018 Central to the exhibition, shown within display cases and in mini-theaters on-site, are provocative film clips by Eric Geadelmann that combine personal interviews with musicians and previously unseen ’70s performance footage. Barry Mazor, WSJ, "‘Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s’ Review," 6 June 2018 Big ones, little ones, crazy ones, ones that might be better off going unseen. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "The royal wedding was mainly about hats and fascinators," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of unseen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unseen

: not seen or able to be seen


un·seen | \ ˌən-ˈsēn \

Kids Definition of unseen

: not seen : invisible We heard the siren from an unseen fire engine.

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the setting in which something occurs

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