Definition of understated in English:

understated

adjective

  • Presented or expressed in a subtle and effective way.

    ‘understated elegance’
    • ‘There are still people who would go for a cool understated chic, and in our time of personally indulgent dressing this is probably the time to do it.’
    • ‘Like most ads of its kind, it is self-consciously understated; but as it happens, it is just a little too smug for its own good.’
    • ‘There is a love of natural forms and an appreciation of understated elegance.’
    • ‘His understated comedy, often just a subtle facial expression, was deeply funny to millions.’
    • ‘He's dressed in scruffy jeans and a faded biker jacket, talking in quiet, understated tones.’
    • ‘It's an impressive, understated debut that repays repeated listens.’
    • ‘Relying on natural light and without gimmicks or props, his work was often understated and subtle but easily accessible.’
    • ‘The screen is filled with earthy understated hues and subtle pastels.’
    • ‘There's an understated confidence about the food, and the service allows you to sit back and truly relax.’
    • ‘Some rooms were once first-floor barns and feature original timber and stone in very modern but understated designs.’
    • ‘The atmosphere throughout is one of understated elegance and the highest standards of comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘They both have a powerful sense of humour and an understated wit that makes you look very carefully at what's on the page in case you miss anything.’
    • ‘Like his restaurants, he typifies understated style and a calm underlying assurance of deep professionalism.’
    • ‘Subtlety is the foremost element in this suavely written and understated novel.’
    • ‘We love how last year's understated plain rings have given way to jazzed-up jewels.’
    • ‘It has that rare and refreshing eloquence of the understated.’
    • ‘Instead, we were presented with bland technical data, neat, sanitised diagrams and understated text.’
    • ‘This brand emits an understated, international confidence, dating back to early jet-setting.’
    • ‘He is a wonderfully understated character with the gentle knowing presence of an outsider who understands.’
    • ‘She walked into a medium sized front room, decorated in an understated elegance.’
    understated, low-key, muted, toned down, subdued
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Pronunciation

understated

/ˌəndərˈstādəd/