[uhn-her-uh l-did]


appearing without fanfare, publicity, or advance acclaim: The young pianist proved to be an unheralded genius.
appearing without warning or prior announcement; unexpected.

Origin of unheralded

1835–45; un-1 + heralded
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Contemporary Examples of unheralded

Historical Examples of unheralded

  • Thus abruptly, thus all unheralded, arrived Joseph's passion-time.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • In the mountain country the change comes swiftly, unheralded.

  • He came in unheralded, and was in the midst of them before they knew.

    Robert Burns

    Principal Shairp.

  • This unheralded advent of the King's parents, too, betokened some secret move.

  • How would she receive him, coming out of nowhere, unheralded and unexplained?

British Dictionary definitions for unheralded



not previously announced, notified, or expected
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Word Origin and History for unheralded

1845, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of herald (v.).

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