- The definition of understated is something done in a modest and not over-stated or overly flashy way.
A piece of jewelry that is not big or flashy is an example of something that would be described as understated.
understated definition by Webster's New World
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restrained, subtle, modest, etc.: an understated color scheme
understated definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Exhibiting restrained good taste: “The waiting room is comfortable and understated” (Tony Schwartz).
- unˌder·statˈed·ly adverb
Variant of understate
- understatement noun