anonymous

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adjective anon·y·mous \ə-ˈnä-nə-məs\

Definition of anonymous

  1. 1 :  of unknown authorship or origin an anonymous tip

  2. 2 :  not named or identified an anonymous author They wish to remain anonymous.

  3. 3 :  lacking individuality, distinction, or recognizability the anonymous faces in the crowd … the gray anonymous streets … — William Styron

anonymously

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anonymousness

noun

Examples of anonymous in a Sentence

  1. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.

  2. An anonymous buyer purchased the painting.

  3. The college received an anonymous gift.

  4. He made an anonymous phone call to the police.

  5. The reporter got an anonymous tip.

  6. His was just another anonymous face in the crowd.

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Origin and Etymology of anonymous

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


ANONYMOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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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

anonymous

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adjective anon·y·mous \ə-ˈnä-nə-məs\

Definition of anonymous for Students

  1. 1 :  not named or identified an anonymous caller

  2. 2 :  made or done by someone unknown an anonymous phone call

anonymously

adverb A large sum has been anonymously donated.


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