adjective \ə-ˈnä-nə-məs\

: not named or identified

: made or done by someone unknown

: not distinct or noticeable : lacking interesting or unusual characteristics

Full Definition of ANONYMOUS

:  of unknown authorship or origin <an anonymous tip>
:  not named or identified <an anonymous author> <they wish to remain anonymous>
:  lacking individuality, distinction, or recognizability <the anonymous faces in the crowd> <the gray anonymous streets — William Styron>
anon·y·mous·ly adverb
anon·y·mous·ness noun

Examples of ANONYMOUS

  1. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
  2. An anonymous buyer purchased the painting.
  3. The college received an anonymous gift.
  4. He made an anonymous phone call to the police.
  5. The reporter got an anonymous tip.
  6. His was just another anonymous face in the crowd.


Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anōnymos, from a- + onyma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1563

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