Simple Definition of incognito
: with your true identity kept secret (as by using a different name or a disguise)
Full Definition of incognito
: with one's identity concealed
Did You Know?
The ancient Greeks and Romans knew that there were times when you didn't want to be recognized. For example, a myth tells how Zeus and Hermes visited a village incognito and asked for lodging. The apparently penniless travelers were turned away from every household except that of a poor elderly couple named Baucis and Philemon, who provided a room and a feast despite their own poverty. The Romans had a word that described someone or something unknown (like the gods in the tale): incognitus, a term that is the ancestor of our modern incognito.
Origin and Etymology of incognito
Italian, from Latin incognitus unknown, from in- + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere to know — more at cognition
First Known Use: 1635
Definition of incognito
1 : one appearing or living incognito
2 : the state or assumed identity of one living or traveling incognito or incognita
First Known Use of incognito
INCOGNITO Defined for Kids
Definition of incognito for Students
: with someone's identity kept secret <He's traveling incognito.>
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