Definition of unpretentious in English:

unpretentious

adjective

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

    • ‘This year's rising darlings Coldplay make sincere, earnest music, but appear almost naively accessible and unpretentious by comparison.’
    • ‘The young couple had studied together, they were academically brilliant, but socially shy, reserved, unpretentious.’
    • ‘Most importantly, Goin's unpretentious philosophy is reflected in the food she serves at Lucques.’
    • ‘It is certainly his style, his style is completely unpretentious.’
    • ‘Still, he's entirely unpretentious about his labor of love.’
    • ‘I was raised in Canberra, where the public education system is quite excellent and the handful of private schools are relatively unpretentious.’
    • ‘Nikka Costa is a rare treasure; a one-time child star who has grown into an unpretentious, genuinely talented adult.’
    • ‘These are kids with pure talent, meteoric energy, unbelievable charisma and refreshingly unpretentious intelligence.’
    • ‘He was an unpretentious man in his forties, dressed in casual clothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Streep is direct, laid-back but alert, and thoroughly unpretentious.’
    • ‘His warmhearted, unpretentious humanity made a great impression on me.’
    • ‘Though her sense of swing is evolving, Bode's unpretentious delivery, easy phrasing and sweet demeanor is delightful.’
    • ‘What audiences also got was a sense of Chomsky the person, who seemed entirely unpretentious and approachable on film.’
    • ‘The legendary Chinese Emperor Yao said to be the Han ancestor was unpretentious and diligent and remains of great importance to Confucianists.’
    • ‘To his advantage, Rajagopal does not have the bearing of an unapproachable guru but comes across as friendly, witty and unpretentious.’
    • ‘Jen Kovach, one of the collective's founding members, informed me of the non-profit and unpretentious ways of Seamrippers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One lesson he has learnt from his family's wine business is the importance of the unpretentious Two Paddocks name.’
    • ‘This unpretentious book does not attempt to be more than it is - an easy, enjoyable account of a life well lived.’
    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.
      • ‘Winner was also impressed with the unpretentious surroundings and the friendly atmosphere.’
      • ‘It's a low budget affair and so the hotel was unpretentious and homely and cheap.’
      • ‘Taking her cue from nature, Beverly designed the landscape to be casual and unpretentious.’
      • ‘Informal, unpretentious and still very Italian; everything you hoped Chianti might be, but wasn't.’
      • ‘Tucked away on Saxon Place off Dodsworth Avenue, Symryn's Restaurant's white, unpretentious exterior hardly screams out for attention.’
      • ‘From the outside, the building in which the World Economic Forum is being held appears unpretentious with its naked grey bricks.’
      • ‘This riddle of a restaurant is shamelessly unpretentious, and if you've never noticed its inconspicuous façade, you are forgiven.’
      • ‘You could say that it is about as unpretentious as it is possible to get, without actually being a fish-and-chip shop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is cooking appropriate to the hotel itself, ie, highly polished and entirely unpretentious.’
      • ‘The kindest way to describe the decor is unpretentious.’
      • ‘We love taverns because they're unpretentious and appear to be impervious to the mainstream.’
      • ‘This hotel is modern and unpretentious, but it's comfortable and neat and quite adequate for most, with private showers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Joanna Blythman yearns for a tasty, unpretentious lunch for working people - and is delighted to find that Aberdeen has its very own little Italy’
      • ‘There are very nice clusters of unpretentious hotels there.’

Pronunciation:

unpretentious

/ˌənprəˈten(t)SHəs/