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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Duffel bags are the unsung heroes of your luggage collection. Popular Mechanics, "Grab This High-Quality Leather Travel Bag at 15% Off," 29 Mar. 2019 Chiricahua National Monument: Heart of Rocks (Photo: Michael Schennum/The Republic) Hidden in the southeastern corner of the state, Chiricahua National Monument is the most unsung Arizona location. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Theresa May, attended the unveiling of the statue, which depicts Millicent Fawcett, a now relatively unsung hero of the feminist movement who led campaigning for women’s right to vote. Kimiko De Freytas-tamura, New York Times, "U.K.’s Parliament Square Gets a Female Statue. It Only Took 200 Years.," 24 Apr. 2018 Some of the most unsung heroes of the evangelical world are those who work with ministries that help men whose lives have been destroyed by pornography. John Fea, Washington Post, "How evangelical support of Trump helped to bring pornography into the mainstream," 26 Mar. 2018 At the time, her wartime activities were largely unsung, says Oslo historian Lars Borgersrud. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Inside an Oslo Home Immortalized by Edvard Munch," 8 Aug. 2018 Defensive Midfielder: Dunga (Brazil 1994) Despite being one of the heroes of Brazil's World Cup triumph in 1994, Dunga wasn't so much unsung as positively derided at home. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks to Go - 11 of the Greatest Unsung Heroes in FIFA World Cup History," 30 May 2018 Christian Folin was unsung with six hits and six blocked shots in 20 minutes, 15 seconds, his most ice time since Jan.24. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "What we learned from the Kings' 3-1 win over the Avalanche," 3 Apr. 2018 Her viewpoint illustrates a brutal era as seen by a very specific type of African-American woman — an unsung backbone of the civil rights movement. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Paperback Row," 30 Mar. 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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