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Definition of unsung

1 : not sung
2 : not celebrated or praised (as in song or verse) an unsung hero

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Examples of unsung in a Sentence

the unsung men and women who keep the streets safe He is one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.
Recent Examples on the Web Whether warmly classical or bleakly meditative, Oscar-worthy film scores can be the unsung heroes behind the viewer’s experience. Michael Slowik, The Conversation, "The secret to the success of two Oscar-nominated scores," 6 Feb. 2020 RB James White was the unsung hero, catching a record 14 passes while also scoring the game-tying and game-winning TDs on his way to a Super Bowl record 20 points. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking every Super Bowl game from best to worst: Where does Chiefs vs. 49ers stand?," 3 Feb. 2020 The library will recognize 150 unsung heroes and changemakers in Cleveland. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "Many major institutions are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King with both entertaining and educational events," 16 Jan. 2020 Best Eyelash Curler Eyelash curlers are the unsung heroes of our makeup bags. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers' Choice Makeup Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 There’s Pane Bianco, the unsung hero of the Bianco empire, and longtime stalwart Pho Thanh, not only one of the best Vietnamese joints in town, but a microcosm of how our dining scene is growing more inclusive. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "100 essential restaurants in Phoenix: Welcome to Dominic Armato's 2020 list," 8 Jan. 2020 Her former colleagues describe her as the unsung hero of the Ebola vaccine. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine," 7 Jan. 2020 Recently, Mama Tu-Tu won a $1,000 gift card to spend at Art Van as part of the furniture store chain's program to honor 77 unsung heroes, one for each of its 77 stores. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Everybody knows Mama Tu-Tu in this poor Michigan neighborhood," 23 Dec. 2019 Hager takes pains to give previously unsung heroes their due: The British noblewoman Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, for instance, was key to launching smallpox inoculation in the West. oregonlive, "Another Read Through is leaving Mississippi Avenue, and other Oregon book news," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unsung

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unsung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsung. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsung

: not given attention and praise that is deserved for doing good things

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