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  1. strongly marked: a pronounced fishy taste.
  2. clearly indicated: a pronounced contrast.
  3. decided; unequivocal: pronounced views.
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Origin of pronounced

First recorded in 1570–80; pronounce + -ed2
Related formspro·nounc·ed·ly [pruh-noun-sid-lee, -nounst-lee] /prəˈnaʊn sɪd li, -ˈnaʊnst li/, adverbpro·nounc·ed·ness, nounun·pro·nounced, adjectivewell-pro·nounced, adjective


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Examples from the Web for unpronounced

Historical Examples

  • Otherwise leave them “unhonoured and unsung,” and unpronounced.

    The Rivers of Great Britain: Rivers of the East Coast


  • Comparatively weak and unpronounced are the features of urban life.

  • Here we have a pure 'Chippendale' book-plate of an unpronounced type.


    William J. Hardy

  • Cabbages and cradles for ever was the unpronounced cry of triumph with which he buoyed up his courage.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

  • In Swedish and Danish there are the forms lille and liden; whilst in the neuter form, lidt, the d is unpronounced.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

British Dictionary definitions for unpronounced


  1. strongly marked or indicated
  2. (of a sound) articulated with vibration of the vocal cords; voiced
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Derived Formspronouncedly (prəˈnaʊnsɪdlɪ), adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpronounced



"spoken," 1570s, past participle adjective from pronounce (v.). Sense of "emphatic" is a figurative meaning first attested c.1730.

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