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
Tipsters who want to remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
One of the French bulldogs recently had a litter of puppies bringing the total number of dogs to 79, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous.
On the internet, scores of anonymous posters are drumming targets into silence.
Madison was identified as the suspect partly because of anonymous tips sent to the Aberdeen Police Department's Facebook page, according to the news release.
After keeping Uber A's identity secret for two years—from both fans and her very own costars—Troian Bellisario (Spencer, Alex) opens up about being the show's infamous, albeit anonymous, villain.
The online service Glassdoor recently failed in its effort to quash subpoenas seeking the identities of anonymous posters who’d used the service.
Penn played the titular role of THE Gossip Girl in the CW's hit show, using anonymous tips to post the every move of It-girls Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, among others, online — all while trying to win Serena's heart.
The two subsequently file a pair of measures that call for an outside investigation in future cases and would allow employees and members to use the city's 24/7 anonymous tip line to report such incidents.
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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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