Meaning of “pretentious” in the English Dictionary

"pretentious" in British English

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pretentiousadjective

uk /prɪˈten.ʃəs/ us /prɪˈten.ʃəs/ disapproving

trying to appear or sound more important or clever than you are, especially in matters of art and literature:

a pretentious art critic
The novel deals with grand themes, but is never heavy or pretentious.
pretentiously
adverb uk /prɪˈten.ʃəs.li/ us /prɪˈten.ʃəs.li/
pretentiousness
noun [ U ] uk /prɪˈten.ʃəs.nəs/ us /prɪˈten.ʃəs.nəs/ also pretension

I couldn't believe the pretentiousness of the book.

(Definition of “pretentious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pretentious" in American English

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pretentiousadjective

us /prɪˈten·ʃəs/ disapproving

trying to give the appearance of great importance, esp. in a way that is obvious:

pretentious restaurants
pretentious, silly poetry

(Definition of “pretentious” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)