Definition of pretentious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈtenʃəs//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈtenʃəs//
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trying to appear important, intelligent, etc. in order to impress other people; trying to be something that you are not, in order to impress That's a pretentious name for a dog! It was just an ordinary house—nothing pretentious. He's so pretentious! compare unpretentious Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French prétentieux, from prétention from medieval Latin praetensio(n-), from praetens- ‘alleged’, from the verb praetendere ‘stretch forth, claim’, from prae ‘before’ + tendere ‘stretch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pretentious