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.
Origin and Etymology of anonymous
Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anōnymos, from a- + onyma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1563
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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