Definition of unmarked in English:



  • 1Not marked or bearing identifying markings.

    ‘an unmarked police car’
    ‘his skin was unmarked’
    • ‘The cemetery on the hill contains 40 freshly dug graves, unmarked and identical.’
    • ‘Witnesses counted at least 21 marked police cars plus several unmarked ones parked nearby.’
    • ‘There was a big forensic mobile lab, there were about a dozen marked and unmarked police cars from the Sheriff's Department.’
    • ‘Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, said that police in an unmarked patrol car saw Hewlett close to the junction with Whiteman Street at about 9pm.’
    • ‘Police video footage showed Jackson meeting police at an airport in California and getting into an unmarked police car.’
    • ‘It was followed by an unmarked police car with a ‘film crew’ on board.’
    • ‘Eyewitnesses reported that riot vans, unmarked cars and several police vehicles surrounded the yard as officers armed with revolvers and machine guns stormed the site.’
    • ‘Help is still needed to identify unmarked graves in Bonniconlon new cemetery.’
    • ‘She eventually pushed her attacker away and ran back out into the road where she got help from police officers in an unmarked car.’
    • ‘Sinn Fein is understood to have given assurances of fresh co-operation to identify their unmarked graves, allowing their families to lay them to rest.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later her son has put on his trainers and is escorted back to school in an unmarked police car.’
    • ‘Last weekend, after the three of us came back from the park, we saw a police van and unmarked car in our parking lot.’
    • ‘The door was unmarked and completely blank except for a single word written in a dark red script: Wayward.’
    • ‘WPC Milburn was accompanied home to Birstall by one marked and two unmarked police cars containing about six armed officers.’
    • ‘He was caught doing 58 mph in a 50 mph zone by an unmarked police car, held his hands up and paid the £60 fine with three points.’
    • ‘The researchers found about 80 marked or unmarked graves.’
    • ‘The officers were sitting in an unmarked police car when the man shot at the windscreen with a handgun, showering them with glass and injuring one officer in the eye.’
    • ‘Second, she had been able to identify many of the unmarked graves where stones had broken or fallen down.’
    • ‘Due to human error at some stage, this section of yellow line markings was left unmarked.’
    • ‘An unmarked police car, which had its siren sounding and lights flashing, was following a blue Volvo S40 T4 at 9.40 pm on Tuesday night.’
    • ‘Their remains were unearthed in March from unmarked graves and identified by DNA testing with the help of Argentinian forensic experts.’
    perfect, without blemish, unblemished, unimpaired
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    1. 1.1Linguistics (of a word or other linguistic unit) having a more general meaning or use than a corresponding marked term.
      ‘‘duck’ is unmarked, whereas ‘drake’ is marked’
      • ‘Every language has marked constructions alongside its ordinary unmarked ones.’
      • ‘It is the unmarked form of singing, and its use enables easy access to the genre's emotional range and its themes.’
      • ‘The mark is not necessarily visible or audible: in the pair horse/mare, horse is the more general, unmarked term, while mare is marked for femaleness.’
      • ‘Additive particles, however, occur in a second, equally unmarked pattern: the RC preceding the main stressed particle.’
      • ‘And as Geoff observed, about a fifth of the clauses have the unmarked English order.’
  • 2Not noticed.

    ‘it's a pleasure to reward them for work which might otherwise go unmarked’
    • ‘Well, the first anniversary of this website went unmarked on November 12th.’
    • ‘None of them had noticed him; his launch had gone unmarked.’
    • ‘If Chaucer's death went unmarked in the public world, his loss was deeply felt by the poets who followed after him.’
  • 3British (of a player in a team game) not marked by a player from the opposing team.

    ‘Eyres was left unmarked and duly scored from eight yards’
    • ‘Halifax had taken a deserved lead on 31 minutes when Lee Elam was inexplicably left unmarked at a throw-in close to the corner flag.’
    • ‘A Chris Kerr free kick was headed down by Scott Walker to Graham Fenton, standing eight yards out and unmarked.’
    • ‘His goal was struck low past Pauric Kelly after Ian Fitzgerald slid through a sublime ball to find the Arles-Kilcruise man unmarked.’
    • ‘Why Furio didn't just pass the bloody thing to Pirlo, totally unmarked 18 yards out, I don't know.’
    • ‘McBreen, a super find, rattled a fine cross into the unmarked Moutinho, who prodded the ball past helpless Colin Scott.’
    • ‘The Juninho's superbly 40 yard ball found the unmarked Ziege on the left.’
    • ‘From a corner, the ball fell to Jesper Hjorth unmarked at the far post.’
    • ‘But their pressure paid off after 48 minutes when Wellens retrieved a deep corner and Keith Southern was unmarked to nod his cross home.’
    • ‘Burns ran through on to a ball from Pearson and crossed to Lasley unmarked once again at the back post.’
    • ‘Probably the best chance came after 61 minutes when a ball into the area found Nugent unmarked with the goal at his mercy.’
    • ‘They soon took the lead as defensive confusion left two players unmarked to slot the ball past a stranded Vicky Prigg before half-time.’
    • ‘Elam crossed the ball from the left, where Lee was unmarked at the far post to slot the ball home.’
    • ‘Windermere started brightly and twice went close themselves before an unmarked attacker gleefully took Lytham's first chance of the game.’
    • ‘A poor kickout from Gillick fell to the feet of David Sheridan who spotted Maloney unmarked.’
    • ‘Fenton squandered St Mirren's best chance by firing a shot over the bar when a square ball would have found McPhee unmarked.’
    • ‘Severus ' immediate response was to force two corners and a free-kick, the unmarked Ducey wasting a fine chance.’
    • ‘Mackie's cross from the right was flicked over his head by Robbie Winters, who had spotted Ricardo Bisconti moving unmarked into the left of the box.’
    • ‘Seconds later he was on the edge of the other box feeding his unmarked team-mate a goal on a plate.’
    • ‘Larsson sent the ball into an empty area in front of goal and Svensson, unmarked on the run, made no mistake.’
    • ‘On the left edge of the Kilmarnock penalty area, the Dundee United captain Derek McInnes slid the ball to the unmarked McIntyre on his outside.’