anon·​y·​mous | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-məs \

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

anonymously adverb
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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Anyone can protect his post-White House reputation with an anonymous hit piece, anyone can rationalize staying in a cushy job. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows," 27 Dec. 2018 The Times began looking into Trump’s draft record anew when an anonymous tipster suggested that a podiatrist who was a commercial tenant of Fred Trump’s had provided the medical documentation. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 Typically anonymous blockchain users will now have to reveal themselves, similar to how other social media platforms in China work. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 In response to public scrutiny stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal this year, Facebook has implemented enforcement measures aimed at improving election security and discouraging anonymous political messages. Daniel Gallant, WSJ, "Facebook Censors at Random," 9 Dec. 2018 The story originated from an anonymous tipster (eventually revealed to be clothing designer Dana Weems), who called Herald reporter Tom Fiedler just two weeks after Hart officially announced his presidential run. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of Gary Hart's Presidential Campaign Scandal in The Front Runner," 8 Nov. 2018 In Gossip Girl, Dan assumes the secret identity of the anonymous blogger to truly understand Serena Van Der Woodsen’s Blake Lively world, and places himself as a vital character within it. Elana Rubin, Teen Vogue, "You Is the Psychological Thriller Showing How Dangerous Rom-Com Tropes Can Be," 7 Nov. 2018 Moira Donegan creates an anonymous list that codified whisper networks that have long existed. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creator of the Shitty Media Men List Is Being Sued—and You Can Help Fund Her Legal Fees," 12 Oct. 2018 Truly, is there anything braver than a social media user who makes an unsolicited negative comment about someone else's appearance while simultaneously having a private account with the default anonymous avatar? Marci Robin, Allure, "Ariana Grande Had the Perfect Comeback for an Instagram Commenter Who's "Sick of" Her Ponytail," 17 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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