-ˈtran(t)s-ˌlā- How to pronounce untranslated (audio)
: not translated: such as
: not put into another language
an untranslated novel
a line of untranslated Spanish
: not subjected to genetic translation
an untranslated region of a gene

Examples of untranslated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the earlier adaptation left Japanese-language conversations untranslated to mirror Blackthorne’s isolation in an unfamiliar country, this version features English subtitles, enabling the showrunners to explore the lives of a rich cast of Japanese-speaking characters. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Feb. 2024 For example, in 1877, a gold-laden landscape called He Sapa – known today as the Black Hills – was taken as U.S. property by means of an untranslated, convoluted treaty. Hannah Fish, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Nov. 2023 But Zhang ingeniously paces each sequence with hip-hop voice-over interludes — unexpected for a period movie yet apparently more expressive of populist tension than the untranslated Spanish that excluded part of the audience in Spielberg’s West Side Story. Armond White, National Review, 22 Mar. 2023 And while the team may have been attempting to appeal to a Spanish-speaking audience by incorporating untranslated Spanish dialog into the game, a disproportionate amount of that dialog is shouted out by anonymous Yarans as the player guns them down. Phillip Penix-Tadsen, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 The only things readers find more aggravating than untranslated foreign passages are foreign phrases that contain mistakes. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 For whatever reason this text is left untranslated. Jonathan Guyer, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 This quartet of novels, three of them previously untranslated, are a classic of Spanish postwar literature often compared to the works of Proust and Joyce. The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 Characters speak untranslated Spanish and, in The Passenger, a bit of German. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untranslated was in 1530

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“Untranslated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untranslated. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


un·​trans·​lat·​ed -ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt-əd How to pronounce untranslated (audio)
: not subjected to genetic translation
untranslated polynucleotide chains

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