Definition of unmarked in English:

unmarked

adjective

  • 1Not marked.

    ‘an unmarked police car’
    ‘his skin was unmarked’
    • ‘Last weekend, after the three of us came back from the park, we saw a police van and unmarked car in our parking lot.’
    • ‘Their remains were unearthed in March from unmarked graves and identified by DNA testing with the help of Argentinian forensic experts.’
    • ‘Witnesses counted at least 21 marked police cars plus several unmarked ones parked nearby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, said that police in an unmarked patrol car saw Hewlett close to the junction with Whiteman Street at about 9pm.’
    • ‘She eventually pushed her attacker away and ran back out into the road where she got help from police officers in an unmarked car.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later her son has put on his trainers and is escorted back to school in an unmarked police car.’
    • ‘Due to human error at some stage, this section of yellow line markings was left unmarked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was followed by an unmarked police car with a ‘film crew’ on board.’
    • ‘Second, she had been able to identify many of the unmarked graves where stones had broken or fallen down.’
    • ‘There was a big forensic mobile lab, there were about a dozen marked and unmarked police cars from the Sheriff's Department.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The door was unmarked and completely blank except for a single word written in a dark red script: Wayward.’
    • ‘Help is still needed to identify unmarked graves in Bonniconlon new cemetery.’
    • ‘The researchers found about 80 marked or unmarked graves.’
    • ‘The cemetery on the hill contains 40 freshly dug graves, unmarked and identical.’
    • ‘Police video footage showed Jackson meeting police at an airport in California and getting into an unmarked police car.’
    perfect, without blemish, unblemished, unmarked, 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’
      • ‘It is the unmarked form of singing, and its use enables easy access to the genre's emotional range and its themes.’
      • ‘Additive particles, however, occur in a second, equally unmarked pattern: the RC preceding the main stressed particle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And as Geoff observed, about a fifth of the clauses have the unmarked English order.’
      • ‘Every language has marked constructions alongside its ordinary unmarked ones.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘If Chaucer's death went unmarked in the public world, his loss was deeply felt by the poets who followed after him.’
    • ‘None of them had noticed him; his launch had gone unmarked.’

Pronunciation:

unmarked

/ˌənˈmärkt/