Definition of unpretentious in US English:

unpretentious

adjective

  • 1Not attempting to impress others with an appearance of greater importance, talent, or culture than is actually possessed.

    • ‘The young couple had studied together, they were academically brilliant, but socially shy, reserved, unpretentious.’
    • ‘Though her sense of swing is evolving, Bode's unpretentious delivery, easy phrasing and sweet demeanor is delightful.’
    • ‘But Streep is direct, laid-back but alert, and thoroughly unpretentious.’
    • ‘Still, he's entirely unpretentious about his labor of love.’
    • ‘One lesson he has learnt from his family's wine business is the importance of the unpretentious Two Paddocks name.’
    • ‘Most importantly, Goin's unpretentious philosophy is reflected in the food she serves at Lucques.’
    • ‘His warmhearted, unpretentious humanity made a great impression on me.’
    • ‘To his advantage, Rajagopal does not have the bearing of an unapproachable guru but comes across as friendly, witty and unpretentious.’
    • ‘He was an unpretentious man in his forties, dressed in casual clothing.’
    • ‘This year's rising darlings Coldplay make sincere, earnest music, but appear almost naively accessible and unpretentious by comparison.’
    • ‘Those who met the woman, who will one day be Queen of Sweden, were very impressed by her kind manner, unpretentious way and elegant dress.’
    • ‘The legendary Chinese Emperor Yao said to be the Han ancestor was unpretentious and diligent and remains of great importance to Confucianists.’
    • ‘Jen Kovach, one of the collective's founding members, informed me of the non-profit and unpretentious ways of Seamrippers.’
    • ‘Nikka Costa is a rare treasure; a one-time child star who has grown into an unpretentious, genuinely talented adult.’
    • ‘This unpretentious book does not attempt to be more than it is - an easy, enjoyable account of a life well lived.’
    • ‘These are kids with pure talent, meteoric energy, unbelievable charisma and refreshingly unpretentious intelligence.’
    • ‘What audiences also got was a sense of Chomsky the person, who seemed entirely unpretentious and approachable on film.’
    • ‘It is certainly his style, his style is completely unpretentious.’
    • ‘Diana presented an image of a casual, unpretentious young mother by taking her sons to McDonalds, something that the Prince of Wales would never, ever do.’
    • ‘I was raised in Canberra, where the public education system is quite excellent and the handful of private schools are relatively unpretentious.’
    unaffected, modest, unassuming, without airs, natural, straightforward, open, honest, sincere, frank, ingenuous, artless, guileless, honest-to-goodness
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    1. 1.1 (of a place) pleasantly simple and functional; modest.
      • ‘You could say that it is about as unpretentious as it is possible to get, without actually being a fish-and-chip shop.’
      • ‘From the outside, the building in which the World Economic Forum is being held appears unpretentious with its naked grey bricks.’
      • ‘We stayed here for dinner and went to a friendly, unpretentious restaurant and I had a really tasty beetroot, feta and Romescu salad and Mussels with homemade chips.’
      • ‘It is cooking appropriate to the hotel itself, ie, highly polished and entirely unpretentious.’
      • ‘The food on our most recent visit was what we've come to expect - hot, unpretentious and well-made if a bit slapdash, as befits a café.’
      • ‘This riddle of a restaurant is shamelessly unpretentious, and if you've never noticed its inconspicuous façade, you are forgiven.’
      • ‘Informal, unpretentious and still very Italian; everything you hoped Chianti might be, but wasn't.’
      • ‘Winner was also impressed with the unpretentious surroundings and the friendly atmosphere.’
      • ‘Joanna Blythman yearns for a tasty, unpretentious lunch for working people - and is delighted to find that Aberdeen has its very own little Italy’
      • ‘It's a low budget affair and so the hotel was unpretentious and homely and cheap.’
      • ‘Betty was afraid the arch's columns might look too formal in her casual and unpretentious garden, but she is happy with the effect.’
      • ‘It's a happy, noisy, unpretentious place to eat, where you'll feel equally at home with your mates from uni or your mum and dad on a family night out.’
      • ‘We love taverns because they're unpretentious and appear to be impervious to the mainstream.’
      • ‘The kindest way to describe the decor is unpretentious.’
      • ‘This hotel is modern and unpretentious, but it's comfortable and neat and quite adequate for most, with private showers.’
      • ‘The Hotel is a very pleasant, friendly, but unpretentious hotel situated in Hammersmith.’
      • ‘Welcome to Wine Country Yacht Charters, Napa County's most unpretentious place to relax and drink wine.’
      • ‘Taking her cue from nature, Beverly designed the landscape to be casual and unpretentious.’
      • ‘There are very nice clusters of unpretentious hotels there.’
      • ‘Tucked away on Saxon Place off Dodsworth Avenue, Symryn's Restaurant's white, unpretentious exterior hardly screams out for attention.’
      simple, plain, modest, ordinary, humble, unostentatious, unshowy, restrained, unfussy, unimposing, homely, unsophisticated, unspoilt
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Pronunciation

unpretentious

/ˌənprəˈten(t)SHəs//ˌənprəˈtɛn(t)ʃəs/