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

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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.

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Trudeau will visit Washington on June 20 and is tentatively scheduled to meet Trump that day, according to a Canadian official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the visit hasn’t been announced. Josh Wingrove And Justin Sink / Bloomberg, Time, "Trump to Host Canada's Trudeau Next Week to Discuss Trade Deal and Huawei," 14 June 2019 The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media. Washington Post, "Egypt officials say roadside bomb wounds 6 police in Sinai," 13 June 2019 Several people were in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release details of the investigation. CBS News, "Second arrest made in David Ortiz shooting," 12 June 2019 The proposed concessions have come as part of ongoing talks between the tech giant and the Federal Trade Commission, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the conversations are private. Robert Costa And Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Mercury News, "Pelosi hasn’t responded to Zuckerberg’s overtures after Facebook refused to take down fake video," 11 June 2019 One aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Emhoff's role in the campaign candidly, said Emhoff does not regularly participate in staff meetings or have a significant hand in discussing strategy. Juana Summers,, "Kamala Harris' husband takes on growing public role in 2020 race," 9 June 2019 The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Atlanta Braves agree to terms on deal with 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel," 6 June 2019 Investigators are checking Haden's possible connections to Rick Singer, the scheme's mastermind, according to the source, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity. Mark Morales And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Feds investigating ex-USC athletic director's possible ties to college admissions scam mastermind, source says," 6 June 2019 Someone who worked with Agrawal at the time, who agreed to talk only on the condition of anonymity, says that Agrawal knows the value of building her personal brand through this kind of storytelling. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of anonymity

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anonymity

see anonymous

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English Language Learners Definition of anonymity

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

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