un·​sung | \ ˌən-ˈsəŋ \

Definition of unsung

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

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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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Though beyond those names, there are also some stellar unsung fashion heroes, especially in the nostalgic years of the ’90s. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Unsung Red Carpet Heroes of the ’90s Golden Globes," 4 Jan. 2019 Color correctors are the unsung heroes of the makeup world. SELF, "The 6 Best Color Correctors, According to Makeup Artists," 5 Dec. 2018 Kaplan’s interests run wide: the ethnic tangles of Central Asia; the political thought of Samuel Huntington; the unsung heroism of Medal of Honor winners; the prospect of war on the Korean Peninsula. Bret Stephens, New York Times, "Foreign Policy From the Dark Side," 28 Mar. 2018 But the true value, from a human perspective, is how the project captured and preserved the perspective of all the unsung heroes of the Apollo missions—not just the astronauts who were front and center in the public eye. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time," 12 Nov. 2018 An unsung hero of the American avant-garde—the collector Peggy Guggenheim was a friend and fan—Sterne (née Lindenberg), who died in 2011 at the age of 100, was inspired in part by the thrilling pace of postwar American life. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Radical Female Artist (and an Unsung Hero of the Avant-Garde) Gets Another Look in “Hedda Sterne: Structures and Landscapes”," 29 Oct. 2018 But one of the true unsung heroes of the film — aside from Claire, because that girl is a true BFF— are Laura Jeans eyelashes. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "This is Why Lara Jean's Lashes Looked So Long in To All the Boys I've Loved Before," 24 Aug. 2018 September is the unsung hero of travel months: The busiest travel season has come and gone, places are less crowded because kids are back in school, and as a result, prices on airfare, accommodations—and even attractions—drop. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in September," 25 July 2018 Taylor is considered one of the unsung heroines of the early Civil Rights movement. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'The Rape Of Recy Taylor' At Wadsworth Atheneum," 9 June 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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