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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But for now, the answers, like the stones themselves, remain hidden in that very landscape. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The lost standing stones of Devon are still hiding from archaeologists," 1 July 2018 With 56 state parks, many of them centrally located, there's hiking to be had for days—plus, plenty of hidden waterfalls to unearth. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Nashville," 4 Mar. 2018 The gen2 car is a much wilder looking machine than the gen1 racer, but the most significant change is hidden from view deep inside. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 Each episode features an anonymous suitor, male or female, who is hidden from view behind a screen while interviewing 10 eligible contestants who want to get married. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet two 60-minute romance seekers from ABC's 'The Proposal'," 25 June 2018 Applying the lessons of the Arab Spring to Iraq could help illuminate not only surprising election results but also the complex and innovative strategies of Iraqi civil society that have so far remained hidden from view. Benedict Robin, Washington Post, "Why everyone failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections," 7 June 2018 Atsuko Hirayanagi, is about what’s hidden — and what emerges — when Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) finds a little bit of freedom from her life of routine. Kristen Page-kirby, idahostatesman, "Coming-of-age tale that’s more honest than most | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 Hunter is a terrific multi-positional defender and has upside as a shooter and slasher that gets hidden somewhat in his team’s system. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 5:0: Marvin Bagley III's Big Talent Is Worth the Bet," 20 Mar. 2018 Just as Good has no option but to settle in front of her computer for another long day of combing through newspapers and police databases, cataloging a national catastrophe that’s hidden in plain sight. Jeremy Lybarger, Longreads, "The Encylopedia of the Missing," 11 Jan. 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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