un·​sung | \ ˌən-ˈsəŋ How to pronounce unsung (audio) \

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.

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Portions of Green’s body of work, like Crumb’s, have chronicled stories of American-music pioneers and unsung heroes. Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati music legends immortalized in new collectible card set," 4 July 2019 REI Co-op Trailsmith Bandana for $3 ($2 off): Bandanas are the great unsung camping heroes and this is a great price for an enormous cotton one. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Need Outdoors Gear? 13 Deals From the REI 4th of July Sale," 3 July 2019 In many ways, technology and video platforms are unsung heroes in the LGBTQ community. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Pride: YouTubers Eugene Lee Yang, Elle Mills, and others discuss viral coming out videos," 19 June 2019 Approval ratings and reelection While election forecasting has become increasingly complex with new prediction models and techniques, there is an unsung hero of polling predictions: the approval ratings. Brendan Lind, The Conversation, "The most unpopular presidential election winner ever could win again in 2020," 10 June 2019 However, had Friendswood won the IF game, the defense would have been the unsung hero. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dramatic play at the plate leaves Friendswood’s Pinto all-stars on short end of 6-5 championship game score," 10 June 2019 Tasked with protecting our cultural heritage, librarians are unsung heroes, the first line of defense. Melissa Mesku, National Geographic, "See 23 of the world’s most enchanting libraries," 9 Apr. 2019 And yet the true stars in the photographer’s impressive oeuvre, which includes commissions from magazines such as i-D and The Fader, are mostly unknown and unsung. Vogue, "Photographer Liz Johnson Artur Explores the Ties That Bind the African Diaspora," 17 May 2019 Samson Ebukam, the Rams’ unsung second-year outside linebacker, might have been the most important player on the field against the Chiefs. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Rams roll into bye week buzzing from epic win over Chiefs," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unsung

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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