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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They are usually willed to the bar by anonymous deceased people. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic marathoner donates amputated toes for Yukon hotel’s infamous cocktail," 14 June 2019 But the battle has colored discussions on its anonymous forums. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Tech Players Confront Long List of Challenges in U.S.-China Trade Fight," 14 June 2019 Workplaces in the competition are categorized by the number of employees — small companies have 50-149 workers, medium 150-499, and large 500 or more — and then ranked based on anonymous survey responses from employees. Randy Essex, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Free Press Top Workplaces nomination final deadline set for July 12," 14 June 2019 This email, according to Rugh, had information about a possible anonymous threat to Gallagher. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge reveals how Navy tracked attorneys’ emails trying to find a reporter’s source," 14 June 2019 One anonymous fan felt terrible over the crowd's behavior and sent a floral arrangement to the Warriors' offices on Tuesday to apologize on behalf of Canada. Jenna West,, "Raptors Fan Sends Flowers to Warriors to Apologize for Kevin Durant Injury Cheers," 13 June 2019 Dog wardens responded to 6165 Main Street in April on anonymous complaints to discover the dog, Lou, had no food or water. Max Londberg,, "Charges lowered for owner of starved dog who died in Butler County," 12 June 2019 By virtue of her membership in Democratic Socialists of America, her status as the first Palestinian American woman in Congress, and her vocal advocacy for impeaching President Trump, Tlaib is far more than an anonymous backbencher. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Rashida Tlaib wants to give low-income adults $3,000 a year each, no questions asked," 12 June 2019 Her son wanted to stay anonymous and didn't want to brag about helping his friends. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "9-year-old uses own allowance to cover school lunch debts for his entire 3rd grade class," 11 June 2019

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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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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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