un·​seen ˌən-ˈsēn How to pronounce unseen (audio)
: not seen or perceived
: sight sense 1
an unseen translation

Examples of unseen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Men stare out from the pictures toward the unseen countenances of the people who were photographed looking toward them — and thus at the live spectator as well. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Once inside the house, Poirot is haunted by unseen spirits in his search for the truth. Emily Zemler, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Sep. 2023 Americans—with unseen assistance from the algorithms that now run our digital lives—increasingly live in different political universes. Matt Laslo, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 Winslet wears the weight of that emotion in her face, which quivers as her character processes unseen and unknown (to us) traumas. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2023 In those unseen moments, officials from rival nations with diverging interests have a shot at building relationships and diplomatic cache that every so often results in a consequential agreement that could not have been forged if dignitaries and their aides had not gathered together in one room. USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 The post also included a shot of Morris, dressed in a gauzy black shoulder-less top, staring up into the distance at an unseen object. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 8 Sep. 2023 Another TikTok that went viral last month, featuring a beautiful young blonde woman pretending to receive a proposal from an unseen person, generated an even more deranged response. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2023 On Friday, the royal shared a previously unseen photo with her grandmother alongside a highly personal tribute on her personal Instagram page. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unseen was in the 13th century

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“Unseen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseen. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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un·​seen ˌən-ˈsēn How to pronounce unseen (audio)
: not seen : invisible
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