hid·​den | \ ˈhi-dᵊn \

Definition of hidden 

1 : being out of sight or not readily apparent : concealed

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hiddenness \ ˈhi-​dᵊn-​nəs \ noun

Examples of hidden in a Sentence

There was a hidden flaw in the airplane's design. the hidden costs in buying a home

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King Tut mystery solved: No 'hidden chamber' in famous tomb, experts say. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump to announce decision on Iran deal; All eyes on four key primaries ahead of midterms," 8 May 2018 What King Tut’s tomb is hiding Scientists are investigating whether there are hidden chambers behind the north and west walls of King Tut’s tomb. National Geographic, "It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All," 6 May 2018 There are many sites claiming to have the best deals and coupons on the Web, but who really has time to search through them for hidden savings gems? Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "5 Best Online Deals: Easter Gifts," 21 Apr. 2011 Last week, Twitter user @CostcoRiceBag revealed that for the last four months, her tweets contained a hidden message. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Bohemian Rhapsody and the long-running tradition of hiding jokes in tweets," 1 Sep. 2018 The highly anticipated release hit streaming services on August 17, and since then, Arianators have been undoubtedly listening nonstop, enough to notice secret meanings and important hidden messages in some of the tracks. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Fans Think Ariana Grande's "Sweetener" Sounds Like Bop It," 18 Aug. 2018 One night, Miles’ uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali from Moonlight and the recent Green Book) takes him to a hidden tunnel in the subway system to spray-paint a mural, and Miles is bitten by a mysterious spider. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 Rahil is also living a hidden life; as a migrant without any papers, her foothold in Beirut is tenuous. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki Visits Some of the Most Miserable Places on Earth—And Turns It Into Art," 14 Dec. 2018 After inspiring us with her fashion choices on the regular and starring in A Wrinkle in Time, actor Storm Reid has revealed a hidden talent. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Shares the Playlist of Her Life," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hidden

: not seen or known

: not easily found or recognized

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