Definition of anonymous
1 : of unknown authorship or origin an anonymous tip
2 : not named or identified an anonymous author They wish to remain anonymous.
3 : lacking individuality, distinction, or recognizability the anonymous faces in the crowd … the gray anonymous streets … — William Styron
Examples of anonymous in a Sentence
The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
An anonymous buyer purchased the painting.
The college received an anonymous gift.
He made an anonymous phone call to the police.
The reporter got an anonymous tip.
His was just another anonymous face in the crowd.
Recent Examples of anonymous from the Web
The exhibit, which also features 500 Indo-Pacific Ocean coral community fish, was made possible through a gift from an anonymous donor.
Strickland’s ex-wife, now named Kimberly Day, gave birth to a son conceived with an anonymous sperm donor.
Many founders of legitimate blockchain projects have chosen to remain anonymous because of this fear, in turn creating more opportunities for scams.
That made Spicer’s critique of anonymous sources during his briefing problematic, opening himself and the similarly oft-critical Trump to reporters’ suggestions of hypocrisy.
In the second story, the driver on Interstate 66 is a friend who wants to remain anonymous.
The original piece quoted anonymous sources in the FBI with evidence the voters were KGB agents.
Trump, meanwhile, resumed his Twitter postings from the White House on Sunday and dismissed any story based on anonymous sources.
Nor was JK2 Westminster quite as anonymous as its opaque name suggested.
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Origin and Etymology of anonymous
Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anōnymos, from a- + onyma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1563
ANONYMOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anonymous for English Language Learners
: not named or identified
: made or done by someone unknown
: not distinct or noticeable : lacking interesting or unusual characteristics
ANONYMOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of anonymous for Students
1 : not named or identified an anonymous caller
2 : made or done by someone unknown an anonymous phone call
anonymouslyadverb A large sum has been anonymously donated.
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