- not educated; uneducated; untutored; ignorant.
- not literate; illiterate.
- not marked with letters, as a tombstone.
Origin of unlettered
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1. See ignorant.
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Examples from the Web for unlettered
In the novel, Newton takes up with a frumpy, unlettered Kentucky woman well into middle age.‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ Is a Classic Twice over—as a Movie and a Novel
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They were not designed via the epiphany of an unlettered Russian sergeant at a workbench, as fables would have it.The Story of Saddam's Gun Collection
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I wonder still at the unlettered condition of the boys about me.In the Valley
I held him to be a shallow, unlettered clown, devoid of any finer feelings.The Shame of Motley
Foreigners were things which in his untraveled, unlettered ignorance he despised.The Lion's Skin
He was unlettered, had never opened a book, and seemed to know little of the ways of men.The Arena
His letters were the painful efforts of an unlettered mujik, as indeed he was.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
- uneducated; illiterate
- not marked with lettersan unlettered tombstone
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Word Origin and History for unlettered
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