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.
Recent Examples on the Web But Joolies believes these unsung nutritional heroes deserve the spotlight. Meimei Fox, Forbes, "How To Make The Ultimate Vegan Charcuterie Board," 8 Apr. 2021 Now, the unsung heroes of the portfolio are getting a chance to shine. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Samsung's first 5G smartphone under $300 could be a game changer," 7 Apr. 2021 Based in Portland, Ore., Fitzgerald has spent his career documenting human rights and social justice issues, spotlighting unsung heroes trying to make a difference in some of the world’s most broken and desperate places. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "Oscar-nominated short documentary ‘Hunger Ward’ spotlights famine in Yemen," 2 Apr. 2021 The sleek, 75-foot foiling monohulls used in this version became the unsung heroes of the series. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "New Zealand Wins the America’s Cup for the Second Time in a Row," 17 Mar. 2021 While Bernhardt got most of the notoriety, the Terps had several other unsung heroes, particularly senior faceoff specialist Justin Shockey. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s 4th-quarter surge subdues Rutgers in men’s lacrosse," 13 Mar. 2021 The realization that flies perform such a vital service has prompted a big push to learn how to make the most of these unsung heroes, by attracting them to fields and orchards and putting them to work in greenhouses and growing tunnels. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Much Do Flies Help With Pollination?," 8 Mar. 2021 The unsung heroes of SDSU’s win at UNLV were athletic trainer Sergio Ibarra and Justin Landry, who replaced Andrew Mitchell as strength and conditioning coach last summer. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 thoughts: No. 19 SDSU 71, UNLV 62 ... player of the year, how Schakel was able to play, and bubble watch," 4 Mar. 2021 Get to know these unsung COVID heroes: 7 very different women working in various corners of health and wellness who are taking on the coronavirus—and winning. Patrice Peck, Health.com, "These 7 Black Women Are the Unsung Heroes of the COVID Pandemic," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unsung

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Apr 2021

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“Unsung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsung. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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