an·​o·​nym·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce anonymity (audio) \
plural anonymities

Definition of anonymity

1 : the quality or state of being anonymous enjoyed the anonymity of life in a large city
2 : one that is anonymous a crowd of faceless anonymities

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of anonymity in a Sentence

They are trying to protect their child's anonymity. She enjoyed the anonymity of life in a large city.
Recent Examples on the Web The source requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers sign outfielder Nomar Mazara to one-year, $1.75 million contract," 11 Feb. 2021 All requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to talk about the case. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "How Austin billionaire Robert Smith avoided indictment for evading $43 million in federal taxes," 7 Feb. 2021 The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NBA needs to permanently abolish marijuana testing," 3 Feb. 2021 The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation and requested anonymity. Jill Colvin, Mary Clare Jalonick And Eric Tucker, Chron, "Trump parts with impeachment lawyers a week before trial," 31 Jan. 2021 The people requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the situation publicly. Los Angeles Times, "Rams assistant Shane Waldron leaving to join Seahawks as offensive coordinator," 26 Jan. 2021 In the end, Mr. Harris’s objection fell on deaf ears, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss private deliberations. New York Times, "Apollo C.E.O. to Step Down After Firm Finds More Payments to Jeffrey Epstein," 25 Jan. 2021 The officials requested anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. Fox News, "Iranian missiles land within 20 miles of ship, 100 miles from Nimitz strike group in Indian Ocean: officials," 17 Jan. 2021 One of the programmers, who requested anonymity because of personal safety concerns, downloaded more than 1 million videos that had been posted to Parler — nearly all the videos ever uploaded to the service, according to the programmer. Scott Klein, ProPublica, "Why We Published More Than 500 Videos Taken by Parler Users of the Capitol Riot," 17 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'anonymity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of anonymity

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anonymity

see anonymous

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about anonymity

Time Traveler for anonymity

Time Traveler

The first known use of anonymity was in 1820

See more words from the same year

Statistics for anonymity

Last Updated

20 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Anonymity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for anonymity



English Language Learners Definition of anonymity

: the quality or state of being unknown to most people : the quality or state of being anonymous

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on anonymity

What made you want to look up anonymity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!