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[uhn-suhng] /ʌnˈsʌŋ/
not sung; not uttered or rendered by singing.
not celebrated in song or verse; not praised or acclaimed:
the unsung heroes of the war.
Origin of unsung
late Middle English
1375-1425 for def 1; 1660-70 for def 2; late Middle English; see un-1, sung Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unsung


not acclaimed or honoured: unsung deeds
not yet sung
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Word Origin and History for unsung

early 15c., "not uttered in a song," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of sing. Cf. German ungesungen. Meaning "not celebrated" is recorded from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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