anon·​y·​mous | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-məs How to pronounce anonymous (audio) \

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

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Other Words from anonymous

anonymousness noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Several anonymous Lincoln Project employees demanded to be released from non-disclosure agreements last week. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Lincoln Project retains law firm to investigate John Weaver allegations," 15 Feb. 2021 Gratitude for the anonymous men and women who make up the supply chain rarely makes its way into our consciousness. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Free-Trade Paradox," 12 Feb. 2021 The Mail on Sunday published parts of her handwritten letter to him in February 2019 after its existence was revealed by her anonymous friend during an interview with People magazine. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Makes Passionate Statement After Winning Privacy Case Against the Mail on Sunday Publisher," 11 Feb. 2021 The fraud lawsuit against LHC began as a pair of separate whistleblower suits, one brought by a nurse in Tennessee and another by a pair of anonymous senior employees who had knowledge of company business practices. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Overworked, Underpaid, and Cutting Corners: The Crisis in Home Health Care," 9 Feb. 2021 An anonymous buyer acquired it for $15 million using the limited liability company 57 Charles Street. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Help Kick Off the 2021 Market," 5 Feb. 2021 The statement acknowledged the anonymous email, a copy of which was obtained by The Chronicle. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford faces backlash over bonuses to football, basketball staff amid sports cuts," 4 Feb. 2021 An anonymous group calling itself the West Village Guardian Angels sprang up on Twitter, posting photos of flyers that were plastered west of Hudson Street with Gladstone’s photo and a hashtag: #WestVillageGrifter. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021 Others are anonymous role players whose contributions went mostly unnoticed by outsiders. Josh Dubow, ajc, "Brady Bunch: QB has taken over 200 teammates to Super Bowl," 31 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of anonymous

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anonymous

Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anōnymos, from a- + onyma name — more at name

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The first known use of anonymous was in 1563

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22 Feb 2021

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“Anonymous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of anonymous

: not named or identified
: made or done by someone unknown
: not distinct or noticeable : lacking interesting or unusual characteristics


anon·​y·​mous | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-məs How to pronounce anonymous (audio) \

Kids Definition of anonymous

1 : not named or identified an anonymous caller
2 : made or done by someone unknown an anonymous phone call

Other Words from anonymous

anonymously adverb A large sum has been anonymously donated.

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