hid·​den | \ ˈhi-dᵊn How to pronounce hidden (audio) \

Definition of hidden

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

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hiddenness \ ˈhi-​dᵊn-​nəs How to pronounce hiddenness (audio) \ 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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The couple also tried to find hidden food gems while there, ranging from ramen to fresh scallops. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "'There’s never going to be closure’: Chicago family recalls young woman killed while on Mexico City trip one year ago," 6 July 2019 Birmingham, Alabamians revel, has become a hidden gem. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The battle for Alabama’s soul," 1 July 2019 One of the best parts of the film, however, comes from the hidden gems and easter eggs that the creators of Toy Story 4 placed throughout the movie. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, ""Toy Story 4" Director Josh Cooley Reveals All the Disney/Pixar Easter Eggs," 23 June 2019 While people might just brush these off as just little hidden gems in the movies, there is actually one theory out there that brings all these movies together in a shared universe. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "What is the Pixar Theory and What Does It Mean For Your Favorite Movies?," 19 June 2019 Later Scott is more explicit, talking about copies of Girls’ Life that George keeps hidden in a bag. Sarah Lorge Butler, New York Times, "Parents Are Divided Over a Book in a Popular Student Reading Program in Oregon," 8 May 2018 Not only the rapes but all the sequelae: the agony, the bitterness, the self-recrimination, the asco, the desperate need to keep it hidden and silent. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma," 10 Apr. 2018 Not only the rapes but all the sequelae: the agony, the bitterness, the self-recrimination, the asco, the desperate need to keep it hidden and silent. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Junot Diaz on The Legacy of Childhood Trauma," 9 Apr. 2018 Her status was based on an independence from fashion, and on calling attention to emotions that most people prefer to keep hidden: shame, disgust, fear of abandonment, jealousy, anger. David Salle, The New York Review of Books, "David Salle," 9 May 2019

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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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