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[uhn-mahrkt] /ʌnˈmɑrkt/
not marked.
  1. characterized by the absence of a distinctive phonological feature, as (p), which, in contrast to (b), lacks the distinctive feature of voicing.
  2. characterized by the absence of a grammatical marker, as the singular in English in contrast to the plural, which is typically marked by an -s ending.
  3. neutral with regard to an element of meaning specified by a semantically related item.
  4. occurring more typically than an alternative form.
    Compare marked (def 4).
Origin of unmarked
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see un-1, marked Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unmarked
  • Take a food item-a couple of carrots, for example-and put one in an unmarked bag.
  • They lull students and others into a false sense of security, leaving homonyms or near homonyms of the intended word unmarked.
  • We are mailing this rejection in a plain unmarked envelope with no return address.
  • He was buried in an unmarked grave on the hospital grounds.
  • We didn't trust the handmade, the unmarked or unbranded.
  • At one point he handed each attendee an unmarked brown envelope.
  • Security agents follow your correspondent in an unmarked car.
  • Say someone shows us an unmarked container of water and asks us each how much water is in there.
  • Or, if it comes in an unmarked box, tape it shut and put it under the tree.
  • The belly is unmarked and buffy, paler than the body, and the outer tail feathers are whitish.
British Dictionary definitions for unmarked


not carrying a mark or marks: an unmarked police car
not noticed or observed
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Word Origin and History for unmarked

c.1400, "having been given no mark," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of mark (v.). Cf. Old Norse umarkaðr. Meaning "not noticed or observed" is recorded from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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