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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-Tips or P3 Tips. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 Right now, the new owner has chosen to remain anonymous, but, according to Heritage Auctions, the plan is to keep the house true to Wright's original vision. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2022 The expert asked to remain anonymous because the expert was not authorized to speak with the media. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 5 Aug. 2022 Yuma police is asking anyone with information about the case to call them at 928-783-4421, or to remain anonymous, 928-78-CRIME (7463). Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 The buyer and seller have opted to remain anonymous. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 Privacy is assured, as the individuals share their thoughts in the group, and those wishing to remain anonymous may also set up private meetings. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 3 Aug. 2022 Alternatively, call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS) to remain anonymous. The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2022 Those who wish to remain anonymous can use the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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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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